Forty years of ser­vice

Kentville po­lice sergeant among those rec­og­nized by lieu­tenant-governor for ded­i­ca­tion to polic­ing

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - BY CHRIS SAULNIER KINGSCOUN­TYNEWS.CA Chris.saulnier@kingscoun­tynews.ca

Sgt. Wil­fred An­drews was among six Kentville po­lice of­fi­cers honoured with Po­lice Ex­em­plary Ser­vice Medals July 5 at Gov­ern­ment House in Hal­i­fax.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, 25 re­cip­i­ents from across Nova Sco­tia were pre­sented with medals by the Lieu­tenant-governor of Nova Sco­tia in recog­ni­tion for hav­ing served in an ex­em­plary man­ner, char­ac­ter­ized by good con­duct, in­dus­try and ef­fi­ciency.

An­drews, a Cape Breton na­tive, joined Kentville Po­lice Ser­vice in 1981, when he was 24 years old, just three years after be­com­ing an of­fi­cer in Cape Breton at age 21.

Since then, the 61-year-old has served 37 con­sec­u­tive years in Kentville, and said he feels honoured to ac­cept the recog­ni­tion for his ser­vice.

“Re­ceiv­ing the medal is a great honour,” said An­drews. “And I feel honoured and priv­i­leged to be able to ac­cept it.”

An­drews added that, while he en­joys ev­ery as­pect of his job, to him, hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to help peo­ple is the most re­ward­ing part. That’s also the rea­son why he got into polic­ing in the first place.

“I en­joy ev­ery as­pect of the job, cer­tainly in­ter­ac­tion with the pub­lic, with my col­leagues, and with the peo­ple that I get to meet and at­tempt to help ev­ery day,” said An­drews. “Polic­ing in gen­eral is a ca­reer that’s re­ward­ing, and do­ing it for 40 years, I just feel honoured that I got the op­por­tu­nity to work with the men and women of the Kentville Po­lice Ser­vice dur­ing that time, and I also feel very priv­i­leged that I got the op­por­tu­nity to serve and pro­tect the cit­i­zens of Kentville.”

When asked about his most mem­o­rable polic­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, the sergeant explained that, while there have been so many, two have stuck out for him over the years.

The first ex­pe­ri­ence, An­drews explained, was a tragic event in which he at­tempted to save the life of an in­di­vid­ual who had been trapped in a house fire but was un­able to do so. He added that this ex­pe­ri­ence is a re­minder of the more se­ri­ous side of the job.

“We, as po­lice, have to deal with dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions, and we en­counter dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions quite of­ten,” said An­drews. “And, you know, we see more in a short time than most peo­ple see in a life­time. It’s just the na­ture of the job.”

The sec­ond ex­pe­ri­ence that stuck out for An­drews was the time he spent tak­ing part in the Kentville Po­lice Youth Club, which ex­isted when he first moved to Kentville.

“When I first joined, we had a Kentville Po­lice Youth Club,” said An­drews. “Kids joined, and we did things like kayak­ing, swim­ming, and games. It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence for us to give back to, and help, the com­mu­nity, and that was cer­tainly re­ward­ing to me.”

An­drews added to this day, he still sees some of the kids who had been part of the club and stayed in Kentville.

Look­ing back, An­drews said over­all, he’s had a good ca­reer and is happy to have been able to serve the peo­ple of his com­mu­nity. While he isn’t quite ready for re­tire­ment, he is look­ing for­ward to the op­por­tu­nity to spend more time do­ing the other things he loves: spend­ing time with his grand­chil­dren and fish­ing.

Other mem­bers of the Kentville Po­lice honoured in­clude Sgt. Ge­orge Dun­phy and In­spec­tor Ken Reade, who were both rec­og­nized for 40 years of ser­vice; Sgt. Ron Delorey, rec­og­nized for 30 years of ser­vice; and Const. Mike Goss and Const. Kevin Lutz, each rec­og­nized for 20 years of ser­vice.

SUB­MIT­TED

Six Kentville Po­lice of­fi­cers were among the 25 rec­og­nized re­cently with Po­lice Ex­em­plary Ser­vice Medals. From left are Sgt. Wilf An­drews (40 years); Sgt. Ge­orge Dun­fee (40 years); Chief Ju­lia Cec­chetto; Sgt. Ron Delorey (30 years); Const. Mike Goss (20 years) and Const. Kevin Lutz (20 years).

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