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Delta Police officers recognized for their heroic actions

Provincial awards presented during special ceremony in Victoria on Wednesday night
Delta Police Constable Melissa Ker was recognized with a provincial Meritorious Service for going into the Fraser River to help the driver before assistance arrived following a single-vehicle accident on River Road in May of last year. Shane MacKichan Photo

During a special ceremony in Victoria on Wednesday night, several Delta Police officers were recognized with provincial awards for their heroic actions.

On May 18th, 2022, a single-vehicle collision resulted in the vehicle being partially submerged in the Fraser River on its roof. Const. Melissa Ker went into the river, broke a window to the car, and held the occupant’s head above water until more assistance could arrive and extract the occupant from the car. For her life-saving efforts Ker received the award for Meritorious Service.

On November 15th, 2022, officers entered a burning home to rescue and apprehend a person suffering from a mental health crisis. The officers were confronted by a person who was uncooperative and armed with a knife. Due to the exigency of the situation, the officers needed to take immediate action to disarm the person, secure them and get out of the burning house. For their life-saving efforts, Constables Chris Bond, Mixon Madland, and Mason Woods received awards for Meritorious Service.

On January 30th, 2019, while working for the Metro Vancouver Transit Police, Const. Josh Harms was shot twice at the Scott Road station while attempting to arrest a known person. For his involvement in this investigation, Const. Harms received an award for Valorous Service. Const. Harms has since joined the Delta Police Department.

The Delta Police Department joins the Transit Police in recognizing and celebrating Const. Harms for his actions during a life-threatening encounter.