Pulling people from burning cars, river rescues, and tackling suspects into thick brambles were among the acts of selflessness recognized by the Langley RCMP Detachment Awards Ceremony on Feb. 4.
Supt. Murray Power handed out Officer in Charge Commendations to more than 40 officers and civilians for a host of brave actions.
Those honoured included:
• Stephen Murray, who jumped into the Fraser River on April 12, 2014, to rescue a kayaker who had capsized without a life jacket.
• Const. Aaron Kehler, who confronted a woman armed with a knife and helped prevent her from jumping out of a third-floor window while apparently intoxicated.
• Robin Bajer, who saw a car crash into a ditch and burst into flames on Old Yale Road on Aug. 24, 2014. He helped the driver and passenger to safety.
• Const. Bob Johnston chased down a suspected thief who had just crashed a stolen car. The thief threw himself into a dense wall of blackberry bushes, but Johnston went in after him.
• Anthony Bryant helped restrain a suicidal man on the Golden Ears Bridge on May 2 last year, until the man could be taken to the hospital by police.
• Const. Manjit Bahi found a break and enter suspect who had cut an artery in his leg in an accident with his own knife. Bahi used a dog leash as an improvised tourniquet and stayed with the man until the Air Ambulance arrived to rush him to hospital.
• Const. Deanna Law rushed a young woman who had taken an overdose of pills to a hospital, when no ambulance was immediately available. The woman recovered.
• Constables Audrey Parent and Inderjeet Sandhu gave CPR to a young woman who had overdosed on an unknown drug. The woman later recovered.
• Const. Gian Millette was off duty when he arrived home and found fellow officers nearby who were looking for a bank robbery suspect. Millette heard a neighbour’s cries and arrested the intruder, who was armed with a large knife.
• Erin McGreevy helped in a child sexual assault investigation by locating latent fingerprint impressions on pages torn from a journal.
• Noel Christiansen also found fingerprints during an investigation, locating them on stolen mail and leading to the arrest of a suspect responsible for the theft of more than 8,000 pieces of mail.
Two groups of officers were singled out for working on particular projects.
The Langley Serious Crime unit was honoured for its work catching a man suspected in eight bank robberies around Langley and other Lower Mainland communities in the fall of 2015.
The officers managed to track down the specific grey Chevrolet Cavalier connected to the suspect and two men were eventually arrested.
A large group of officer and civilian employees were honoured for their work evacuating two four-storey buildings in Murrayville in the early morning hours of May 17.
A nearby condo complex under construction had caught fire, and the flames spread to nearby apartments.
Numerous officers organized an evacuation, sometimes kicking their way into apartments.
The Langley Detachment Operational Communications Centre staff were honoured for co-ordinating the efforts.
Long service awards were also given to officers and auxiliaries.