Congratulations to Six Nations Police Officers Cst. Jesse Miller, Cst. Michael Anderson, Cst. Tadd Williams and A/Sgt. White for receiving the First Nations Chiefs of Police Bravery & Lifesaving Award. The award was presented at the First Nations Chiefs of Police Association Annual Conference held at the Sheraton at the Falls, Niagra Falls, on April 26, 2017. It was the 9th Annual Awards Ceremony.
The following events occurred on Sunday November 27th, 2016, on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.
At 6:49 a.m. the Ontario Provincial Police Communications Centre received a call from a man who reported that there had been an accident on Tuscarora Road & the vehicle involved was on fire. He provided a description of the location but did not stop. He did not see anyone at the scene. At 6:50 a.m. the OPP Com. Centre contacted the SNPS. The officers on duty were A/Sgt. Marwood White, a veteran officer of 18 years with SNPS. & Cst. Tadd Williams who had served with the SNPS for 7 yrs. Officers White and Williams were dispatched to the accident scene. At 6:52 a.m. SNP officer Michael Anderson was on his way to work to start his day shift. Cst. Anderson was travelling on Tuscarora Rd. when he observed a black SUV type vehicle in the ditch. It looked like the vehicle had been involved in an accident and was on fire. Cst. Anderson looked inside the vehicle. Initially it appeared empty but upon closer examination he could see an unconscious person inside the vehicle. The left shoulder and back of this person was on fire. Cst. Anderson picked up a log and attempted to smash a window out. At 6:53 a.m. A/Sgt White and Cst. Williams arrived at the scene. They found Cst. Anderson attempting to gain entry to the vehicle. A/Sgt White using his ASP baton was able to shatter the passenger side window and access entry to the vehicle. Cst. Williams got the fire extinguisher from the police vehicle. He handed it off to Cst. Anderson who sprayed the victim while Williams & White struggled to pull the unconscious victim out. Cst. Anderson continued to use the fire extinguisher to stop the fire from spreading as A/Sgt White and Cst. Williams were gradually able to inch the victim out of the wreckage. A/Sgt White suffered 2nd degree burns to his right hand while extricating the victim.
Once the officers moved the victim a safe distance from the burning vehicle they recognized the victim as the son of a fellow SNP office. The victim was air lifted to a Trauma Centre. He had suffered 3rd degree burns to 60 per cent of his body along with a serious head injury and remained hospitalized until mid March of this year.
Due to the professionalism and heroic actions of these 3 officers, the young man who would have surely perished in the car fire, he was at the awards ceremony to see the 3 officers being recognized for saving his life.