Let us all congratulate our very own Constable Lance Barenz of Thunder Bay Police for being among the few police officers and fire fighters who were awarded the province’s highest honour for displaying unquestionable bravery and courage in the line of duty today at the Queens Park. The award was given by none other than Lieutenant Governor David Olney himself during the annual award giving celebration.
How did our officer get such a prestigious award? Well, just to remind everyone, Const. Barenz successfully and bravely diffused a hostage situation involving a young man armed with a knife with a woman for a victim on the 9th of July, 2008. Of course he had help from other officers who were quicker to get to the scene however, it was his quick decision making and not to mention amazing timing in tackling the suspect away from the victim that ultimately led to the flawless arrest of the young criminal. And that fellow locals of Thunder Bay, is more than enough demonstration of bravery and wit in the line of duty.
So, the next time you see our modern day hero on patrol in Thunder Bay, a smile would be a good way to congratulate him for his deserving medal.