When the names of Constable Blake Manchur and Corporal Paul Voisine were called to receive two coveted awards at a special ceremony in the Nanaimo Legion Wednesday, it was Manchur and members of Voisine’s family who accepted the honours.
The two RCMP officers from the Oceanside detachment were named as recipients of the Commanding Officer’s Commendation and St. John’s Lifesaving Award.
Corporal Voisine was not able to accept his medal as he died in the summer of 2011 in a tragic scuba diving incident in Nanaimo. In a moving moment, his wife, daughter and grandchildren accepted on his behalf.
The award came as a result of the two officers’ actions on Jan. 20, 2010, when they attended a disturbance call and found a local man in full cardiac and respiratory arrest.
The RCMP officers quickly began CPR and continued for several minutes until members from BC Ambulance could attend and take over.
The officers were credited with saving the young man’s life.
The two weren’t the only local RCMP officers honoured at the event.
Oceanside RCMP Staff Sergeant Brian Hunter, Cst. Jason Racz, Cst. Trevor Shields and Cst. Lorant Hegedus received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
The Queen’s Jubilee marks the 60th anniversary of her accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada.
To celebrate Her Majesty’s 60 years of service to Canadians, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created as a visible and tangible way to recognize outstanding Canadians from all walks of life. As well, Sgt. Darrell Robertson received a long service medal to celebrate his more than 30 years of service and good conduct within the ranks of the RCMP.