The Ontario Provincial Police are thanking volunteers with the Pellatt United Firefighters department for saving the lives of two residents. Earlier this week, OPP Commissioner J.V.N Hawkes awarded staff with the Commissioner’s Citation for Lifesaving.

“It feels good to be recognized. We don’t do it for that reason, we do it because we want to look after our community and the people who reside in it, but it feels awesome that we got recognized,” said PUFF Chief Barry Bennett.

In April of 2017, two residents fell through the ice in the PUFF protection area, roughly 500 to 750 feet away from the shoreline. The volunteer department performed a water ice rescue, and saved the lives of the two Sandy Lake residents.

“We do put in a lot of time and hours into training. A lot of people don’t realize that we are totally volunteers, we don’t get a dime. We just do it because love of the community. We have a great core of people, just a really good thing for the community as a whole. Proud of all my guys and gals,” Bennett added.

The North West Region Awards are part of a series of award ceremonies held by the OPP every year to recognize various people in each of its regions. Among those recognized are OPP uniformed and civilian members, as well as community members who have demonstrated outstanding achievement, dedication, perseverance, innovation and an overall commitment to the OPP and the communities they serve.


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