Constable Patrick Bigelow and constable Jared Winslow were recently recognized for their bravery in the field.
In the summer of 2017, the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP responded to a complaint of a suicidal person along the shore of the North Saskatchewan River. In an attempt to evade police, the person entered the river and was quickly swept away due to the strong current. Bigelow and Winslow noticed that they were struggling to keep their head above the water and entered the river without hesitation They were able to safely bring the person back to shore.
Both officers were awarded the Commanding Officer’s Commendation for Bravery and the St. John Ambulance Life Saving Award in November. These awards were presented by assistant commissioner John Ferguson at a ceremony held in Edmonton.
“These awards are very prestigious and a testament to the quality of members we have at this detachment,” said detachment commander inspector Michael McCauley. “I am extremely proud of constable Bigelow and constable Winslow. Our members risk their lives everyday to serve and protect the citizens of Fort Saskatchewan, so it is very special when two of them get this kind of recognition."
The Commanding Officer’s Commendation for Bravery is awarded to a person who shows courage and bravery in the face of very dangerous circumstances. The St. John Ambulance Life Saving Award is given to someone who administered first aid while saving or attempting to save someone's life.