Volunteers, community members and Red Deer RCMP officers were recognized for their dedication and bravery in a Thursday ceremony.
RCMP Supt. Holly Glassford presided over her first Chief’s Recognition Event at the downtown detachment since taking the helm as Red Deer’s office in charge in May 2022.
“This event is an opportunity to recognize the people in our community that are making Red Deer a better place to live,” said Glassford, in a statement.
Recipients included retired inspector Don Nielson, retired inspector Jay Fulks, and retired sergeant Marcel St. Louis from the Red Deer Veterans Association. The three were awarded for their volunteer work at the Red Deer RCMP’s 150 Museum, as well as their ongoing support in the police community.
“These volunteers support their members through illness and loss, as well as create opportunities for meaningful connection with their fellow veterans at social gatherings,” said a news release.
Red Deer RCMP also recognized Ray McBeth for his “tremendous work and vision” in hosting the RCMP 150 Regimental Ball last January. The fundraising event was an opportunity for the community to connect with their local RCMP members as well as celebrate the 150th anniversary of the RCMP in Canada, while raising money for the Outreach Centre.
Karyn McIntyre was recognized for her professionalism while working security during Westerner Days. McIntyre responded to a motor vehicle collision and assisted responding RCMP, contributing to public safety.
Sam Steele’s Scout Cavalry was recognized and thanked for their involvement in celebrating 150 years of the RCMP, by joining police on parade in the summer Westerner Day parade.
The event also recognized and remembered Const. Aaron Zimmerman for his RCMP service. Zimmerman passed away in January while off duty. His Certificate of Service was presented to his family at Thursday’s event.
“The Red Deer RCMP are very proud to serve the community of Red Deer, and thanks all those citizens who participate in community life to make Red Deer a safe, and welcoming place to live,” said the release.