NAN CONGRATULATES NAPS, OPP OFFICERS
THUNDER BAY: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the NAN Executive Council, congratulates Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS) and Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers serving NAN First Nations who were among those honoured at the Ontario Provincial Police awards ceremony in Thunder Bay this week.
NAPS Constable Waylon Linklater was recognized for his life-saving actions rescuing a man from a burning building while off duty in Moosonee on May 16, 2012.
Weagamow Lake Constables Stacey Gordon and David Laviolette and OPP Provincial Constable Jean Duguay were recognized for responding to several emergencies in North Caribou Lake First Nation between September 2011 and August 2012 involving numerous life-threatening injuries.
Pikangikum Constables Jonathan Schmidt and Louis Taylor were recognized for their life-saving search and rescue of a missing woman found hypothermic in the snow near Pikangikum First Nation on February 27, 2013.
“It is my pleasure to congratulate these officers for their outstanding achievements above and beyond the call of duty while protecting the health and safety of our First Nation members,” said NAN Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, who holds the justice portfolio at NAN. “NAPS and OPP officers face tremendous challenges in the performance of their duties in our communities and the professionalism and dedication of these officers deserves our gratitude and recognition.”
Nishnawbe Aski Nation is a political territorial organization representing 49 First Nation communities in James Bay Treaty No. 9 and Ontario portions of Treaty No. 5 – an area covering two thirds of the province of Ontario in Canada.