A local resident, a paramedic and sworn and civilian members of Chatham-Kent’s police service were recognized for their efforts to help others or fight crime.
Kevin Moore, 35, of Chatham received a Chatham-Kent Police Services Board Citation during Tuesday’s police services board meeting for his quick actions to help save a man who was attempted suicide.
Moore was out walking while his niece and nephew were bicycling in a secluded area near the Black Bridge in Chatham on June 4 when they encountered a man who had just hung himself from an abandoned barge.
In describing the situation that day, police Chief Gary Conn said police were aware a suicidal man was in the area after receiving a call but couldn’t find him.
Meanwhile, Moore encountered the man just as he put a rope around his neck.
“Before I could be fast enough to say anything like, ‘What are you doing man?’ He jumped,” Moore told reporters.
He ran up and put the man on his shoulders.
Moore said the man either took off the noose or it just came off – he doesn’t remember – before the man was brought down to the ground.
Moore called 911 and, in what only felt like minutes, said emergency services arrived and took over.
Moore said he didn’t see himself as a hero.
“Just in the right place at the right time, I guess,” he said. “I feel like I’d do the same thing anyone else would do.”
Moore said it was nice to receive the recognition, but added he would have done it without any sort of accolades.
Conn described Moore’s actions as “community mobilization, community engagement at its finest.”
The chief said the community police model, which moves away from the traditional paramilitary style of policing, involves not just officers being involved, but the community as well.
He said it’s critical for the public to be the eyes and ears for police in the community.
Conn said Moore did the “right thing in regards to rendering assistance then contacting us (police) to take carriage of that and carrying it on.”
The actions of several sworn and civilian members of the police service, along with a Chatham-Kent EMS paramedic, were also celebrated.
Board citations were presented to Const. Joel Rehill and paramedic Kevin Langlois for their actions on Aug. 7 to help a person in severe crisis.
Medical assistance was immediately rendered and the man was taken in stable condition for observation at hospital.
A Chief Commendation was received by several officers, including Consts. Rich Kwon, Tony Fusullo, Rob Bowles, Dan Hamilton, Dan Carr, Ed Vannoord, John Hicks, Mark VanderGriendt, Meredith Rota, Greg Dilliott, Shawn Hoskins, Robert McNear, Jeff Teetzel and Steve Hubley, along with two civilian staff – Danya Lunn and Jennifer Richmond – for their roles in a child exploitation investigation.
This matter, which is still before the courts, saw those involved quickly pull together to apprehend a suspect and bring a child to safety within 12 hours of first being made aware of a situation.
Consts. Joel Rehill, Steve Donald, Josh Corbin, Rick Bertok, Branden Grellmore and emergency communication officers Monica Dudley, Brock Bechard and Tabitha Jennings received Deputy Chief’s Letters of Recognition for their efforts on Feb. 13 to track two break-and-enter suspects over a 90-minute period, which led to 50 charges being laid against the two accused.
Consts. Scott Nevills, Josh Rose, Curtis Conn, Douglas Littlewood and Sgt. Mike Hakr also received a Deputy Chief’s Letter for their efforts to arrest two people involved in a break and enter at a restaurant under construction in Chatham on April 25.
Nevills also received a separate letter of recognition for his actions to apprehend a suspect who had broken into the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent on April 21.
Conn said it is “imperative” for the public to know about the kind of exceptional work that is happening in local law enforcement.
He said civilian members also contribute greatly to the success of the police service.
“Our emergency communications operators, they truly are … our lifeline. They keep us attached to headquarter and vice-versa,” the chief said. “It is truly a team effort when it comes to dealing with these traumatic incidents.”