Date: Thursday, April 20, 2023
Victoria, BC – Four citizens were honoured today with VicPD Civic Service Awards at a ceremony in the VicPD Hall of Honour.
Deputy Chief Jason Laidman presented each recipient with a personalized VicPD Civic Service Award at the ceremony, which was witnessed by family, friends, VicPD officers and staff. The VicPD Civic Service Award was created as a way to recognize community members who have stepped up and done the right thing in our communities.
Gregory Owens was recognized for alerting neighbours that their home was engulfed in flames. Putting himself at considerable risk, Gregory ran past the flames and onto the porch. He banged on the door to alert the residents inside of the fire and then called 911. Despite the front of the home being engulfed in flames, all residents safely exited the home.
Michael Tull was recognized for providing medical assistance to a stabbing victim. Michael had been out for a run when he noticed several vehicles stopped on the side of the road. Another bystander called out to see if he had any medical supplies. Michael had a medical kit with him and began to administer first aid to the victim. The victim was transported to the hospital and eventually made a full recovery.
Dr. Dan Thompson was recognized for providing two decades of veterinary care to the Victoria Police Canine Unit and the Integrated Canine Service. Dr. Thompson made himself available to members of the Canine Unit 24/7, including making house calls. He also continued to provide veterinary care to all the dogs from our canine program once they retired. Dr. Thompson was also presented with several tokens of appreciation from the Integrated Canine Service.
A Block Watch captain also received an award for their volunteer work with the VicPD Block Watch program and their dedication to community leadership. Today’s VicPD Civic Service Awardees will have their names added in the VicPD Hall of Honour alongside others who have been recognized for courage, bravery, and selfless service.
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