Members, civilian staff and citizens honoured at Police Board Commendations Ceremony

Nelson Police Board Director Liz Edwards, left, and Bill Reid (far right) present Deana Postnikoff and Vincent O’Dea with Board Commendation for Willingness to take lifesaving action during the 2017 Commendations Ceremony Wednesday afternoon at the Baker Street Best Western. — Bruce Fuhr photos
Nelson Police Board Director Liz Edwards, left, and Bill Reid (far right) present Deana Postnikoff and Vincent O’Dea with Board Commendation for Willingness to take lifesaving action during the 2017 Commendations Ceremony Wednesday afternoon at the Baker Street Best Western. — Bruce Fuhr photos

Nelson Police Board and Nelson Police Department bestowed a number of annual awards on its members, civilian staff and citizens at the 2017 Commendations Ceremony Wednesday afternoon at the Baker Street Best Western.

NPD Chief Constable Paul Burkart and Nelson Police Board Chair and Mayor Deb Kozak recognized officers, community members and citizens for their bravery, dedication, valour, commitment and going the extra mile to keep the Heritage City safe.

Vincent O’Dea and Deana Postnikoff were just two of the citizens recognized during the ceremony.

In December of 2016, quick thinking by O’Dea Postnikoff helped save a woman who had suffered a heart attack outside City Hall.

Nelson Police Board Directors Bill Reid and Liz Edwards presented the two with Board Commendation for Willingness to take lifesaving action.

Another brave person was Nelson City Worker Ryan Labbe, who in May just happened to be in the right place at the right time in saving a man who had jumped from the Nelson Big Orange Bridge.

Cst. Brian Weber, substituting for Cst. Dan Markevich and Nelson Police Board Director Am Naqvi presented Labbe with the NPD Commendation for Valour, Dedication and Commitment.

NPD Cst. Chris Duncan received the Chief Constable’s Commendation for Bravery, Good Judgement and Valour for saving a Nelson woman who wanted to commit suicide.

Not to be outdone, Nelson Reserve member Mark Young was presented with the Chief Constable’s Commendation for Bravery, Good Judgement and Dedication after help saving a man who had flipped over in his kayak under the Nelson Bridge.

Young, who just happened to be working a Reserve at the Nelson Rod and Gun Club, used quick thinking and years of experience on the water, to rescue the man from the frigid waters of Kootenay Lake in April of 2016.

Other awards included Dwight Weiers of Saskatchewan presented with the NPD Board Commendation for Willingness to assist/Commitment to Community award. During the Nelson Credit Union robbery in April of 2014, Weiers gave up his vehicle to the NPD member to help assist in the arrest of the two robbers.

Steve Rigby received the Police Board Commendation for Observation and Calm Demeanor for his quickly acting in reporting a theft at a local power plant.

Rigby's quick thinking not only assisted in the arrest of burglar, but also led to the apprehension of the driver of the get-away car.

Dr. Nick Sparrow was presented with the Certificate of Appreciation for his Community Response Doctor Program for his assisting local First Responders and Gerry Sobie; Anita Werner were presented with Nelson Police Board Commendation for their work with Nelson Restorative Justice and Nelson Search and Rescue was honoured for their hours of work assisting the public with Police Board Certificate of Appreciation for Dedication to Community.

Long Service pins were presented to Retired Cst. Bill Andreaschuk, Retired Cst. Paul Jacobsen, Cst. Dave Liang and NPD Chief Constable Paul Burkart as well as NPD Reserves, Shelley Stewart, Steve Donald, Mark Young, Terry Kidd, Nancy Young, Andrew McPhee and Brent Tipple.

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