Four Kelowna-area police officers —three from the West Kelowna Detachment, and one from the Kelowna Detachment—were honoured for their bravery and exemplary service last week at B.C.’s 31st annual Police Honours Night by Lieutenant Governor Steven Point and Solicitor General Shirley Bond. The police officers honoured were:
West Kelowna RCMP detachment: Constables Gregory Barnard, Denise Bendfeld and Ryan Routley, who safely evacuated residents who had become trapped by a swiftly moving forest fire.
Kelowna RCMP detachment: Sgt. Scott Rempel who, while off duty, rescued a male trapped in a burning vehicle.
Province-wide, 69 officers received awards:
• 43 for meritorious service, which involved actions above the call of duty that enhance the image of policing in B.C.
• 22 for valorous service, that being exemplary service in the face of extreme hazard and personal risk.
• One retired RCMP deputy commissioner and three retired chief constables, for outstanding service.
“These brave police officers all went above and beyond the call of duty in extremely trying and dangerous conditions to save lives. We are so fortunate to have men and women of their calibre serving Kelowna and West Kelowna,” said Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart.