Saturday , 19 June 2021

Former Cold Lake RCMP S/SGT Landry receives Bravery Award

St. Paul RCMP Jeremie Landry receives his Bravery Award for his role in an arrest of an armed and dangerous man in 2014.

Former Cold Lake Staff Sergeant and current district operations officer for Eastern Alberta District in St. Paul, Jeremie Landry received a Bravery Award for his role along with four other officers in the arrest of an armed and dangerous man in 2014.

Landry along with Corporal David Brosinsky, Constable Nicholas Crowther, Corporal Travis Ogilvie, and Constable Adam Rayner, members from Two Hills, Vegreville, and Tofield RCMP detachments received information of an armed and dangerous man wanted on several warrants who threatened to kill an individual.

Landry, a member of the Vegreville detachment at the time, helped the injured Cpl. Ogilvie get out of the situation safely.

Landry said he remembers everything unfolding very quickly.

“The suspect attempted to escape the property in a stolen truck. Cpl. Ogilvie attempted to arrest the suspect as he was trying to leave the property. As a result he was thrown from the vehicle and run over, breaking his arm and leg,” he said.

“The stolen truck then became stuck in the snow. The male suspect had several firearms inside of his truck and quickly began firing at us. Many rounds of gunfire were shot at me and others. While taking on gunfire from the suspect, I assisted in extracting Cpl. Ogilvie who was injured and incapacitated on the ground near the stolen vehicle, which was attempting to get unstuck from the snowbank.

Landry helped Cpl. Ogilvie get out of the property and performed first aid, and started to hear bullets flying over his head.

“Multiple times having to lay down on the ground during bursts of gunfire. One of my colleagues was shot in the arm by the suspect during the shots fired. The entire altercation lasted for multiple hours before our Emergency Response Team arrived and the suspect eventually surrendered.

“Shortly afterward, I got a hold of my husband and parents, as I knew the incident would be on the news quickly. What sticks out most in my mind is the sound of gunfire flying overhead and the thought of not knowing whether or not I would make it out alive.

“Despite this, I knew I had to do everything I could to rescue my injured colleague. Full well knowing I could lose my life in the process. An incident like this changes you. It is a life-altering event. I believe I did what any of my fellow brothers and sisters in the RCMP would have done. Do what needed to be done to protect the public and our colleagues.”

Landry added that the suspect in this case was convicted and sentenced to 12 years in jail where he currently remains and a lifetime firearms prohibition.

Cpl. Ogilvie recovered and returned to work. He is now the Detachment Commander of a small detachment in southern Alberta, said Landry.

On March 20, Landry along with 16 other RCMP members were recipients of the Commendations for Bravery an award that recognizes Regular Members and civilians “who have demonstrated outstanding courage in the face of dangerous circumstances beyond those commonly encountered in routine police work and which pose an imminent threat of personal injury or death.”

“Everyone being honoured here today has placed the safety of others above their own,” said Commissioner Brenda Lucki. “I hope everyone leaves this ceremony knowing that they have made a difference in the RCMP, in their communities, and in the country.”

Deputy Commissioner Zablocki, Commanding Officer of the Alberta RCMP added: “This ceremony gives us the privilege to bring these amazing stories of bravery, resilience, and courage out of the shadows.

“These are the stories that need to be heard so that we can express our gratitude and give our heroes the recognition they deserve.”

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.