13th Quebec Police Awards gala recognizing acts of bravery and dedication to service

MONTREAL, Nov. 17, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Twenty three police officers from across the province were honoured today for acts of bravery and dedication to duty during the 13th annual Quebec Police Awards gala, held at the Mariott Château Champlain Hotel in Montreal. The officers were selected by the members of the Quebec Police Awards Board of Governors for their exceptional work. More than 300 guests from the union, legal, political and business sectors attended the event, which was hosted by Quebec humorist Pierre Légaré.

The 2011 recipients

This year's 23 Quebec Police Awards recipients were honoured for their courage, their team spirit, perseverance and dedication toward their communities. They include:

  • Constable Martin Paul of the Mashteuiatsh Police Service, for saving the life of a woman, whose throat was slit during a domestic dispute in the Lac St. Jean region (July 31, 2010);
  • Constable Patrick Hansen and Sergeant Dominique Théosmy of the Montreal Police Department, for locating a young girl whose mother was wanted for child abduction (September 15, 2011);
  • Constables Farid Laghdir, Charles Lavallée, Jean-Nicolas Lussier, Daniel Touchette and Daniel Raymond of the Montreal Police Department, for saving a man trying to commit suicide on the Ville Marie Autoroute (September 3, 2010);
  • Alain Gelly, for his years of dedicated service to his community and for being a true ambassador for the Lévis Police Service;
  • Assistant Commissioner Alphonse MacNeil of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, for his leadership and team spirit while overseeing the deployment of security personnel during the 2010 G8 and G20 summits in Toronto;
  • Martin Lessard of the Sûreté du Québec, for his role in saving lives through 10 years of coordinating the transportation of human organs for urgent transplants;
  • Staff-Sergeant Pierre Mailloux of the RCMP, for his dedication and tireless efforts in preventing illegal drugs from hitting the streets of his community over the past 40 years;
  • Simon Vanier of the Mashteuiatsh Polifce Service, for saving the life of a man who was choking while eating dinner (June 3, 2010);
  • Constables Dominic Lambert and Anne-Marie Renaud and Sergeant William Trudel of the Quebec City Police Service, for saving the life of a man who had choked on a toothbrush (September 30, 2011);
  • Constables Steven Martel and Maxime St-Pierre of the Sûreté du Québec, for successfully pulling an elderly man from his burning car (February 24, 2011);
  • Kevin Lafrance, Caroline Lapointe and Christian Venne of the Sûreté du Québec, for their quick action in preventing a blood bath related to a disgruntled man who threatened his ex girlfriend (September 16, 2011);
  • Operation Écrevisse, a massive anti-crime operation in the Val-d'Or region, involving police officers from the Sûreté du Québec's detachment in the MRC de la Vallée-de-l'Or, the investigations support services division, and the criminal investigations division.
  • Marielle Harvey and José Blanchet of the Sûreté du Québec, who oversaw police work that brought down an organized crime network in the Abitibi region (Operation Écrevisse).

Distinguished guests

Guests from the police, legal, economic and business communities attended the gala. Among them: Marie Gagnon from the École Nationale de Police; Gilles Plante, representing the president of the Quebec Federation of Municipalities, president of the public security, transportation and information technologies commission and prefect for the MRC de la Vallée-du-Richelieu and mayor of McMasterville; Pierre Veilleux, president of the Quebec Provincial Police Association; Bernard Lerhe, president of the Quebec City Police Brotherhood; Francis Fox and Pierre H. Cadieux, senators and former solicitors general of Canada; senator Pierre Claude Nolin; retired senator Lucie Pépin; Sylvie Tousignant, assistant director general for police matters for the Quebec Ministry of public security; Claude Trudel, member of the Executive Committee with the City of Montreal, responsible for public security and official representative for Mayor Gérald Tremblay; Francine Morin, prefect for the MRC des Maskoutains and mayor of Saint-Bernard-de-Michaudville; Suzanne Roy, treasurer of the executive committee for the Union of Quebec Municipalities and mayor of Ste. Julie; Jean-Pierre Fortin, national president of the Customs and Immigration Union; Stéphane Lemaire, president of the union representing Quebec correctional services peace officers; Thomas Mulcair, federal MP for Outremont; lawyer Julius Grey; Régis Falardeau, assistant director general, Sûreté du Québec; Inspectors and directors of stations 21 and 33 of the Montreal Police Department, Alain Simoneau and André-Guy Lamothe; and representatives of Quebec Police Awards sponsors, Belairdirect and the Caisse Desjardins des policiers et policières.

The Quebec Police Awards: recognizing exceptional police officers

For the first time since its creation in 1999, the Quebec Police Awards gala this year introduced a Board of Governors whose mandate is to examine all of the candidacies submitted, regardless of the origins of the policing organization. The Board is comprised of Pierre Cadieux, Steven Chabot, Jean-Pierre Charbonneau, Gaétan Delisle and Louise Mailhot.

A $6,000 donation to the Foundation of Stars

Each year, proceeds from the Quebec Police Awards gala are presented by the Quebec Provincial Police Association's benevolent fund and the Quebec Mounted Police Members' Association to the Foundation of Stars. A $6,000 cheque was presented during the gala to a representative from the Foundation of Stars, which supports children's health research in Quebec and provides children a chance to grow up healthy.


For further information:

Laurent Arel
Communications, Quebec Provincial Police Association
514 823-8474 ou  laurent.arel@gmail.com

Frederic Serre
Information officer, Quebec Mounted Police Members' Association
514 750-5887 ou fsimedia@videotron.ca

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