Six Surrey Mounties awarded for valour, meritorious service

They were six of 28 police officers from the Lower Mainland District and Integrated Teams to be recognized by the Lieutenant Governor.

Michael Scoretz is one of six Surrey Mounties who were awarded for bravery recently.

Michael Scoretz is one of six Surrey Mounties who were awarded for bravery recently.

VICTORIA — Six Surrey Mounties have been awarded for bravery at the 35th annual Police Honours Night, held in Victoria recently.

Constable Michael Scoretz received the Award of Valour for an incident on July 18, 2013 when a distraught, aggressive man confronted him with a knife.

Corporal Anne-Marie Lavallee and Constables Thomas Flynn and Ranjiot Seehra received Awards of Meritorious Service for subduing an aggressive man who was armed with a knife and had taken a child hostage at a Surrey elementary school playground on Oct. 31, 2013.

Constable Andrew Barr and Superintendent  Manny Mann also received an Award of Meritorious Service. Barr helped extinguish a burning motorcycle and saved the life of a severely injured rider on July 23, 2013.

Mann received his award for “exceptional performance and dedication” as a member of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.

Surrey RCMP Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy thanked the provincial government for formally recognizing his fellow Mounties’ “great work and bravery.

“While I know our officers will simply acknowledge this as just being part of their duties, I am extremely proud of their actions and commitment to enhancing the safety of our community.”

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