Three PG Mounties Receive Meritorious Service Awards
Prince George, B.C. – Three members of the RCMP are among those who have had their service recognized by receiving meritorious service awards this evening at the Police Honours Night in Victoria.
The Meritorious Service award recognizes exemplary performance that exceeds expectations.
The three are among 40 officers from police departments throughout B.C. to be honoured with this award.
The three, Constables Lee Bellamy (now with Nakusp Detachment) Scott Johnston, and Corporal Colin Warwick have been recognized for their efforts in two separate cases.
Csts. Bellamy and Johnston disarmed a suicidal male and prevented him from causing further harm to himself.
Corporal Warwick of the PG detachment’s Canine Unit has been recognized for “displaying initiative and commitment to search a vast forested area for the body of a murder victim.”
A further 16 officers from various Police units in B.C. have been honoured with an award of valour, the highest award for any police officer in B.C. In each case, they made a decision to put their own lives at risk to save others. Their efforts include:
- Four officers who searched a burning Prince Rupert apartment building for occupants despite thick smoke and very limited visibility.
- A Kamloops constable whose rapid intervention when a fellow officer was shot at close range prevented further harm, and whose rendering of first aid helped save the officer’s life.
- Two Vancouver Island officers who kicked in doors and braved a cluttered, exhaust-filled garage – where the concentration of carbon monoxide exceeded lethal levels – to pull a large, suicidal male to safety.