Wapekeka Community Celebrated for Lifesaving


(WAPEKEKA, ON) – The Sioux Lookout Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) extend sincere congratulations to OPP Constable Jean DUGUAY and Wapekeka community members Clifford BEARDY and Dwayne BROWN, who received Commissioner’s Commendations after saving a life.

On May 24, 2019, P/C DUGUAY took extraordinary measures to gain entry to a residence in the First Nations community of Wapekeka, and attended to the lone occupant who was found not breathing. His efforts were made possible by the assistance provided by Band Councilor Clifford BEARDY and neighbor Dwayne BROWN. Their quick action and dogged perseverance resulted in a life being saved.

The community of Wapekeka has suffered through a great number of suicides over the last couple years, each becoming a catalyst for another. As a result of the quick and decisive actions by P/C DUGUAY, Clifford BEARDY, and Dwayne BROWN, one of these tragedies has been prevented.

Commissioner’s Commendations for Assisting the OPP were issued to Clifford BEARDY and Dwayne BROWN for their assistance during this event, their actions exemplifying the outstanding dedication and service offered by the public to support the OPP, for which officers are truly grateful.

Constable DUGUAY’s actions throughout the event exemplify the high caliber of police response strived for in the OPP, exhibiting his commitment to the Wapekeka community by going above and beyond the normal call of duty to keep people safe. These actions have earned him a Commissioner’s Commendation for Exemplary Performance of Duty.

The OPP believes in recognizing the good work of its members and of the citizens of Ontario. For more information on awards and recognition, or if you know of a member of the community or an OPP officer or civilian employee who you feel deserves recognition, please see our website at www.opp.ca.

Photograph Identification (left to right): P/C Jean DUGUAY, S/Sgt Karl DUEWEL, Chief Brennan SAINNAWAP, Dwayne BROWN, and Band Councillor Clifford BEARDY.

Source: OPP


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