Oak Bay cops’ actions went above and beyond duty

Lt.-Gov. Steven Point to award two meritorious service medals related to April incident

Two Oak Bay officers will be awarded for outstanding service at an upcoming ceremony.

Sgt. Don Symes and Const. Larry Worock will receive Meritorious Service Award medals from Lt.-Gov. Steven Point in a Nov. 17 presentation at Government House.

The two responded to a domestic incident on Oakdowne Road in the early hours of April 7. A couple was embroiled in a fight and the husband pulled a gun, threatening to take his own life. The officers arrived,  escorted the wife out of the room where the fight was underway, then negotiated with the husband through “tense moments,” convincing him not to use the gun on himself.

No one was injured in the incident, but officers later discovered 23 long-barrel firearms and four pellet guns in the house.

The police awards are for officers who “acted in a manner significantly beyond the standard normally expected,” according to the public safety ministry.