November 18, 2011

KELOWNA Four Kelowna-area police officers – three from the West Kelowna Detachment, and one from the Kelowna Detachment – were honoured for their bravery and exemplary service last night at B.C.’s 31st annual Police Honours Night by Lieutenant Governor Steven Point and Solicitor General Shirley Bond. They are:

West Kelowna Detachment:

Constable Gregory Barnard, Constable Denise Bendfeld, and Constable Ryan Routley safely evacuated residents who had become trapped by a swiftly moving forest fire.

Kelowna Detachment: Sergeant Scott Rempel, while off duty, rescued a male trapped in a burning vehicle.

Province-wide, 69 officers are receiving awards:

•    43 for meritorious service, which involves actions above the call of duty that enhance the image of policing in B.C.

•    22 for valorous service – that is, exemplary service in the face of extreme hazard and personal risk.

•    One retired RCMP deputy commissioner and three retired chief constables, for outstanding service.


“These four brave police officers all went above and beyond the call of duty in extremely trying and dangerous conditions to save lives. We are so fortunate to have men and women of their calibre serving Kelowna and West Kelowna.” -Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart

“Besides being very humbling, stories like these show just how lucky we are to have people like Sgt. Rempel to serve and protect the people of Kelowna and other communities across British Columbia.” -Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson

“These courageous men and women should not only be congratulated, but also thanked for risking their own lives to save others. This summer, I had the privilege of meeting emergency service responders from across the province, and am continually reminded of their incredible courage and dedication.” -Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick

Learn More: Police Services Division website: www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/police_services/index.htm


Media contact: Maclean Kay, B.C. Government Caucus Communications: 250-952-0778