An Osoyoos police officer has been recognized for his potentially life-saving actions following a snowmobile accident.
Osoyoos RCMP Const. Neal Kalnin received a Certificate of Appreciation Wednesday (Jan. 27) on behalf of Chief Superintendent Warren Brown, officer in charge of the RCMP North District.
Kalnin received the award for his actions in March of 2018 while he was stationed in McBride, B.C. Kalnin and other officers were conducting joint enforcement on snowmobiles in a mountainous area when one member was involved in a collision, resulting in serious life-threatening injuries.
Kalnin and another member administered aid to the injured officer and kept the individual warm for six hours until they could be transported from the mountain via helicopter.
“Const. Kalnin’s actions, dedication and diligence ensured the safe transport of a seriously injured member to receive the medical assistance required. His dedication to the duty brings credit to himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police,” said Brown in the certificate of appreciation.
Kalnin transferred from the McBride detachment to the Osoyoos detachment in October 2020 where he now serves the Town of Osoyoos in a front line policing role.
“We are very fortunate to have Const. Kalnin in Osoyoos,” said Osoyoos RCMP Commander Sgt, Jason Bayda. “The recognition he received from the North District Officer is fitting with the dedication Const. Kalnin provides to his peers and the communities he serves.”