Winners and finalists of 7th Annual Police Hero of the Year Awards Program Announced

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Honorable Police Hero winners at the PAO AGM banquet in Kingston

Kingston, Ontario, May 18, 2022 (GlobeNewsWire) – Thrilled to announce winners for the Ontario Police Association (PAO) 7M After a six-week campaign, the annual Police Services Hero of the Year award, during which the public was encouraged to submit their nominations for police officers who they believe have done exceptional work to protect and serve their community,

Congratulations to the 2022 Award Winners and Finalists:

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Graham McGregor, Ontario Provincial Police: 2022 On-Duty Difference Maker – Uniform Officer

The support that Graham offered and continued to offer to his nominee after being trafficked because he helped her recover from her addiction has now allowed her to help others. Graham, known as “one of the good guys”, has risen above and beyond the call of duty

Meghan Petzel, Thunder Bay Police Service: 2022 On-Duty Difference Maker – Civilian Police Service Employee (A civilian police service employee who has exceeded and exceeded job expectations while on duty)

Meghan’s exemplary work as a 911 supervisor saved a teenager’s life when a tough call came. The young woman was in -20-degree weather for many hours, was in the middle and was unaware of her location. Meghan and her team quietly worked through the call and found a way to identify the hypothermic teenager, bringing her safely.

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Brad Adams, Hamilton Police Service: 2022 Community Role Model (a police officer or civil police service employee who has made a difference in their community while on duty)
An impressive 90-time nominee, Brad has raised $ 50,000 for raising stem cell donors, raising stem cell awareness and donating blood to Hamilton’s Juravinsky Hospital – all after losing his wife in a brief battle with cancer.

PAO’s awards committee (consisting of key-members, presidents, board chairmen and staff of civil associations) had more than 300 qualified and often challenging tasks to select winners from individual nominations. The incredible story volume that outlines the efforts of community police personnel across the province. In this context, congratulations to PAO and this year’s award finalists:

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Nolan de Diomet, Waterloo Regional Police Service: On-Duty Difference Maker – Sworn Police Officer

Brendon Johnston, Lindsay Police Service: On-Duty Difference Maker – Sworn Police Officer

Angela Mitchell, Guelph Police Service: On-Duty Difference Maker – Civilian Police Service Employee

Corey Fernando, Wayne Sound Police Service: Community role model

Christine Jarvis, Chatham-Kent Police Service: Community role model

An awards ceremony will be held this evening during the PAO’s annual general meeting, which will be attended by representatives of 45 local police associations across the province, at which time the winners were honored. A media tour will be planned after the spring during which all the winners and finalists will be presented their prizes in front of colleagues, friends and family.

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President Mark Baxter said, “We are honored to honor our brave members and to show how their actions have greatly influenced others.” Often at their own expense. Many members of the public come forward each year to tell the story of their police heroes, incredibly telling. I honestly hope we can offer more rewards. They are honored to be able to recognize at least a few police heroes. Every police officer is a hero in my book. ”

The stories of the 2022 Police Services Hero of the Year winners and all nominees can be found online at



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