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January 19, 2016 12:39 PM

The Lloydminster RCMP held their Recognizing Excellence awards at Holy Rosary High School on Jan. 13 when they honoured community members who have helped keep the Border City a safe place to be. Staff Sgt. Joe Wenisch acted as emcee for the evening.

They came, they saw, they were given awards.
Lloydminster RCMP had its second annual Recognizing Excellence Awards on Jan. 13, where the local arm of Canada’s national police service honoured fellow officers and community members who’ve gone above and beyond to keep the community safe.
“I think people look forward to this,” said RCMP Insp. Suki Manj.
“I don’t think people do their job, whether it’s the oil rig or wherever it may be, to look for recognition.
“(So) I think it’s my responsibility as leader of this organization to recognize the people that contribute to making our community safer.”
One of the community groups recognized during the evening was the Lloydminster and District Co-op.
CEO Don Stephenson said they were likely honoured for their contribution and support to the many initiatives they’ve been involved with in partnership with the RCMP detachment. 
He also expressed the night was a tribute to the detachment for recognizing all the local businesses and organizations that have worked alongside the police to help their efforts in the community.
“I think it just forges that relationship between businesses and the community and the RCMP,” he said.
“It gets us all on the same page to make this a better place to be a part of.”
The tip-of-the-hat given to the Lloydminster and District Co-op was especially important to him, said Stephenson, because his father was a 25 year veteran of the RCMP.
“For me to see the serge and to see the members in dress means a lot to me; it’s a pretty special moment.”
Four-year member Const. Toby Jennings was one of the RCMP officers who were recognized at the event, taking home two awards.
One of the accolades was given for his participation in the Stuff the Cruiser fundraiser, where RCMP helped raise awareness and produce for the local food bank.
The second award was presented to him for the assistance he gave to a man a who took a gunshot to the chest.
“In normal duty we actually see lots of unusual and often traumatic experiences, so I was lucky to be on the scene pretty quickly,” said Jennings.
“We were able to provide first aid until the ambulance (arrived) and assisted the man out of the building; luckily he survived so it was a good outcome.”
More than 50 people were honoured for their contributions to the community at the Recognizing Excellency awards and Manj said next year they might have to expand the event to a bigger venue.
He said they’ll try some new ideas and that they are always looking to improve the event.

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