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RCMP ceremony honours bravery, outstanding service

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This is what it takes to work in law enforcement: resuscitate a drowned child; rescue an unconscious man from a locked car engulfed in flames; drag a man from his burning house.

Those feats were recognized at a special ceremony marking the 140th anniversary ceremony of the RCMP in Canada, at the Lower Fort Garry historic site today.

People whose bravery was honoured included:

  • Public service employee Melody Harper, while off-duty, for performing CPR on a drowned child at Garden Hill First Nation;
  • Corp. Colby Argue and Const. Andre Leclerc, while off-duty in The Pas, for breaking windows of a burning car and pulling a blacked-out man to safety;
  • Civilians Colin and Mike Owen, employed as night watchmen on Pauingassi First Nation, who noticed smoke coming from a home and dragged out the resident to safety.

As well, Rick Hiebert, Chief of the Winkler Police Service; Brad Neduzak, Chief of the Morden Police Service; and Ian Grant, Chief of the Brandon Police Service were recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The presentation of this medal is in recognition of their significant achievements and continuous contributions to the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police mandate of "leading progressive change in policing."

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