Chief Constable Del Manak of the VicPD honoured 10 good samaritans on Tuesday for helping out an officer after he was struck by a stolen vehicle in late September.
On September 27th, Constable Todd Mason was on special assignment on Pandora Street and was standing near a police cruiser when he was struck from behind by another vehicle.
Witnesses at the time told Victoria Buzz that Mason was pinned between a dumpster and the vehicle when civilians stepped in to come to his aid.
Following investigation, VicPD determined the vehicle that struck Mason was stolen.
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Mason suffered significant but not life threatening injuries from the collision and the suspect was arrested and later charged with assaulting a police officer.
On Tuesday November 22nd, VicPD held a civic service award ceremony in their hall of honour to recognize the efforts of community members who came to their aid.
Those who were honoured in this ceremony were civillians, City of Victoria Bylaw Services officers, members of the Our Place Society family and members of the houseless community residing on Pandora Street.
“The courage and quick thinking you and your staff all displayed that morning truly showed your willingness to assist someone who needed your help,” Chief Del Manak said.
“All of us here at VicPD are so grateful for your quick actions and bravery that morning in assisting Constable Mason. On behalf of all of us here at VicPD–thank you.”
The VicPD Civic Service Award was created in 2012.
Police say it is a way to recognize members of the public who have stepped up and done the right thing in our community.