Melody & Kalvina Harper (Handout)
Melody & Kalvina Harper (Handout)

On Friday, May 24, 2013, RCMP and civilian staff members gathered at the Lower Fort Garry historic site to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the RCMP in Canada.  As a special feature of the celebration, the RCMP paid tribute to members and staff who have shown outstanding service to the Community as well as dedication, bravery and loyalty to the Force.

RCMP Assistant Commissioner Kevin Brosseau, Commander “D” Division, presented several awards for bravery, outstanding service & certificates of appreciation.  The Honourable Philip S Lee, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, presented three (3) Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals.

Medal recipients included;

  • Corporal Colby Argue & Constable Andre Leclerc who were recognized for courageous and meritorious actions regarding a January 22, 2010 incident in The Pas when they came upon a vehicle on fire.  The officers found the doors of the vehicle locked and an injured unconscious male seated in the driver’s seat.  After breaking the window, the officers were able to pull the man to safety moments before the entire vehicle was engulfed in flames.
  • Public Service employee Melody Harper was recognized for her courageous and meritorious efforts in the rescue of two (2) children.  While off duty in the Community of Garden Hill, Melody and her daughter Kalvina,  saw two young children playing near the water’s edge.  Moments later, Melody witnessed both children fall into the water.  Upon rushing to the scene, Melody discovered both boys face down in the water.  Without hesitation, Melody jumped into the water and pulled the boys to safety.  One boy was conscious, however, the second child was not breathing and was revived by Melody who performed life saving CPR.  Daughter Kalvina received the  Commanding Officers Certificate of Appreciate for her assistance in the rescue.
  • Civilians Colin and Mike Owens were recognized for their courageous and meritorious efforts regarding a November 30, 2011 incident on the Pauingassi First Nation.  After noticing smoke coming from a residence the men heroically entered the burning home and rescued a man found sleeping on a bed.  The residence was destroyed by the fire.

s were presented to;

  • Rick Hiebert – Chief Winkler Police Service
  • Brad Neduzak – Chief Morden Police Service
  • Ian Grant – Chief Brandon Police Service

The criteria for the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal included continuous leadership in achieving the mandate of the CACP and continuous and diligent efforts towards the betterment of the CACP. (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police)

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