West Shore RCMP Const. Alex Berube was one of the first on the scene for a call about an individual in a mental health crisis earlier this year.
He intervened in a high-risk situation, which was recognized as an act of bravery during a ceremony at West Shore RCMP headquarters Tuesday morning.
Berube was one of four officers honoured during the Nov. 17 event by B.C. RCMP Commanding Officer Jennifer Strachan, who visited from the Lower Mainland.
Const. Dave Lewis, the newest dog handler at the West Shore RCMP, earned an act of bravery award for providing first aid and life-saving measures in Kamloops to a man suffering from a gunshot wound – with help from his K9 partner Halla.
Cpl. Melvin Sansone was recognized for apprehending an individual who had been shooting at police with a gun in Saskatchewan. Only the suspect apprehended reported injuries, bites from K9 partner Eric.
Lastly, Sgt. Greg Pask, who has served in B.C. and Saskatchewan, was presented the long service medal for more than 20 years of service to the RCMP.
“It’s a humbling experience to be in a room with police officers who have clearly been though harrowing situations,” said Const. Nancy Saggar, media relations with West Shore RCMP. “These officers put themselves in harm’s way. They’re being recognized for exemplary work, it’s not just everyday duties.”
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