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Kelowna citizens who defended Mountie being assaulted formally recognized

A suspect vehicle smashed into a RCMP SUV on Ellis Street in downtown Kelowna on Friday, April 1, 2016.
April 08, 2016 - 2:30 PM

KELOWNA - Three construction workers who came to the aid of a Kelowna RCMP officer last week have been honoured by the local police force.

An officer in a marked RCMP SUV was broadsided by a suspect vehicle on Ellis Street near the Queensway bus loop on April 1. The suspect jumped out, ran to the police vehicle and assaulted the officer inside.

Three nearby construction workers raced to the crash and pulled the suspect off the officer, holding him until police backup arrived. The officer was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

At a ceremony at the Kelowna detachment today, April 8, the city’s top cop presented David Sharpe, Ronald Polak and Jay Whitesell with a Commendation Recognition Award, according to a media release.

Supt. Nick Romanchuk also gave each of the men a Kelowna RCMP Challenge Coin as tokens of the force’s appreciation.

Romanchuk says the three men went “above and beyond as concerned citizens in order to help a RCMP member.”

"Without hesitation (the men) took an active role, not only by defending the police officer, but by upholding the essence of the law itself,” he says in the release.

A 42-year-old man from Chase, B.C., who is known to police, is facing charges of assault, robbery, aggravated assault, assault of a police officer and resist lawful arrest.

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