Metro Vancouver Transit Police Chief Officer Neil Dubord has announced that Staff Sgt. C.J. (Connie) Kyle received the Meritorious Service Award from Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon at Police Honours Night ceremonies at Government House in Victoria.
On Sept. 23, 2013, while on her way home from work, Kyle noticed a man, at Braid SkyTrain Station who appeared to be drunk or suffering from mental illness and was behaving erratically.
After calling Transit Police Dispatch, she followed the man onto the station platform where she and another passenger saw the man in a crouched position. Concluding he was about to jump in front of a passing train, the two managed to pull him to safety.
At the time of the rescue, Kyle was suffering from a broken shoulder and had her arm in a sling.
Kyle has been a member of the Transit Police for almost two years. Prior to that, she was a member of the Delta Police Department for 23 years, distinguishing herself repeatedly in the line of duty.
She is a past recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Meritorious Service Award for her actions in dealing with a person intent on jumping from a bridge. She is currently assigned to the Professional Standards Unit.
Staff Sgt. Kyle used quick thinking and courage in this potentially dangerous situation to ensure the safety of this man,” said Dubord. “We are very proud of Staff Sgt. Kyle, who is a tremendous asset to our police service.”