A number of everyday Vancouver citizens and police officers received commendation awards today from the Vancouver Police Department for their acts of bravery and going “beyond the call.”
Among the group receiving a Certificate of Merit award, the highest award for civilian bravery, was 13-year-old Cory Wong for defending his home and nine-year-old sister during a home invasion on September 3, 2013.
At the time, Cory was 12 years old and babysitting his sister while his parents were at work when a man began to break into the house. The man banged on the front door and then the back door before deciding to climb through an open window in the second-floor bedroom.
Cory was already calling his mother, but with the man breaking in he decided he had to take matters into his own hands. He took the phone that was already in his hands and smashed it repeatedly against the intruder’s head.
The man fell out of the window and fled the scene, however, he left his ball cap behind which provided DNA evidence for police to identify the suspect. Cory was even able to provide police with a helpful description of the man, who was in his 20s.
Other recipients today at the annual awards ceremony held at the Roundhouse Community Centre included individuals who intervened in violent assaults or helped police track down assault suspects.
Jason MacMillan and Marc Levesque were among those who also received an award. On March 10, 2013, they witnessed a deranged man stabbing a female convenience store clerk behind the counter. MacMillan ran into the store, got the knife away from him and pinned down the man. Levesque, who was passing by, rushed in and assisted MacMillan with holding down the man for police.
Other passers-by came into the store and aided the injured woman, who was bleeding profusely from several wounds. She was rushed to hospital for an emergency operation and survived the attack, however, without the quick and decisive actions of MacMillan and Levesque the incident could have turned fatal.
Officers with the Vancouver Police also received Chief’s Constable’s Commendation awards for going above and beyond the call of duty to save a suicidal man who already had self-inflicted wounds.
In another incident, an unarmed off-duty officer used his own personal vehicle to disable the vehicle of men who had just committed an armed robbery at a pharmacy. It caused the airbags of their vehicle to deploy, which temporarily incapacitated the driver. The gunmen fled the scene and was later captured by on-duty officers.
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