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Kamloops officers receive awards for helping save a fellow Mountie's life

Standing: Ron Hatch, Const. Tyler Braun, Const. Steve Marcil, Const. Joe Bayda, Const. Derrick Gladdish, Sgt. Bob Fogarty, Sgt. Darren Michels, Const. Todd Henderson, Const. Richard Christy, Const. Rob Welsman, Cpl. Cheryl Bush, Chaplain Lamont Schmidt, Police Support Services Supervisor Kevin Beeton. Seated: David, Retzer, Christine Newton, Nicholas Beaver, Supt. Brad Mueller, Donna Slater, Municipal Support Services Manager Jodie MacDonald.
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October 14, 2016 - 2:32 PM

KAMLOOPS - Several RCMP officers and citizens are being recognized in Kamloops for their handling of emergency situations in the city, including the shooting of a Mountie in 2014.

Last Thursday, Oct. 6, Kamloops RCMP held its annual Awards and Recognition Ceremony. It's an opportunity for Supt. Brad Mueller to acknowledge the police officers, support workers, volunteers and citizens who have helped make Kamloops safe.

Several officers were recognized this year, including Sgt. Darren Michels, Cpl. Cheryl Bush and Const. Tyler Braun who were recognized for the assistance they offered to Cpl. JR Michaud and his family after he was shot while on duty in December of 2014.

Const. Rob Welsman, Const. Richard Christy and Const. Steve Marcil each received the St. John Life-saving Certificate for their efforts in helping Michaud after he was shot. Marcil was also given the commanding officer's commendation for bravery for shooting the suspect and giving first-aid to Michaud.

Const. Todd Henderson and Const. Alister Owens for helping subdue a man who was brandishing a hatchet.

Const. Joe Bayda and Const. Derrick Gladdish were awarded for helping talk a woman out of jumping off the Overlander Bridge.

Sgt. Bob Fogarty, Municipal Support Services Manager Jodie MacDonald and Police Support Services Supervisor Kevin Beeton were recognized for their combined effort in the completion of the North Shore Community Policing Office.

Chaplan Lamont Schmidt, who has been Chaplan of the Kamloops RCMP for 15 years, was recognized for his retirement from the force. Ron Hatch's retirement was also recognized after nine years of conducting critical incident stress debriefings with Kamloops RCMP officers.

Supt. Mueller also recognized community members who stepped up in the face of danger. David Retzer and Donna Slater were recognized for offering assistance to the victims of a car accident after two suspects in a stolen car crashed into them.

Christine Newton and Nicholas Beaver were commended for their courage in saving five people from drowning in the North Thompson River.

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