Dedication to service/community leads to Diamond Jubilee Medal

Cole Carruthers
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Inspector Rick McKenna (center) became a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal on Tuesday, for his contribution to police services and community.

Inspector Rick McKenna was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal on Tuesday, at Moose Jaw Police Service station.

McKenna was nominated and awarded the honour for his contribution to the Saskatchewan Federation of Police Officers (SFPO) and years of service to the community.

The commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

Colleagues and current president of (SFPO) Evan Bray, were present to offer comments and to congratulate McKenna on receiving the award.

“I’m lucky to have worked with Rick and was lucky to be able to come out and pay respect,” Bray offered. “Rick sat on the executive board for years, and had to do constant battle with Terry Coleman –– he should receive a medal just for that,” Bray joked.

McKenna was a former president of the association and had to step down from the role when he made the personal and career decision to make Inspector.

“To be awarded with this honour means a lot to me and I want to give thanks for receiving it,” McKenna shared with his fellow police personnel. “You love what you do –– and who you do it for.”

For more on this story pick up the next issue of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Saskatchewan Federation of Police Officers, Moose Jaw Police Service, Times-Herald

Geographic location: Canada

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