Heroes Beyond the Badge

OnStar and OACP honour First Responders

The Heroes Beyond the Badge award is given to exceptional public safety professionals. Each month, an individual is honoured for their dedication to our community, outstanding acts of valour and extraordinary service. We honour all First Responders and salute those who go above and beyond the call of duty. 

Meet our latest Hero Beyond the Badge

We recognize your exceptional service and thank you for all you do to help keep our communities safe and secure

Sgt. Michael Palermo & Police Dog Luke, Greater Toronto Area 

In late October, an elderly citizen with dementia and other health conditions went missing. Immediately after receiving the call, Sgt. Mike Palermo and his K-9 partner, Luke, responded with accurate assessments, clear communications, and efficient deployment. Sgt. Palermo persevered despite multiple challenges and rough terrain, and the citizen was located within an hour. By rendering aid and coordinating paramedic response, Palermo was able to save the citizen's life. Sgt. Palermo and Luke are very deserving of a great deal of credit for their outstanding service to the Toronto Police Service and the citizens of Toronto. 

Detective Constable Jonath Chow, Greater Toronto Area, January ’24 Winner 

Cherri Greeno, Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS), October ‘23 Winner

Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT), March ’23 Winner

Detective Constable Cristobal Brea, November ’22 Winner

Halton Regional Police Service Victim Services Unit, October ’22 Winner

Constable Darrell Rivers, August ’22 Winner

Constable Nolan Di Diomete, May ’22 Winner

Dr. Dalit Weinberg and Dr. Kyle Handley, April ’22 Winners

Constables Farzad Ghotbi and Mustafa Popalzai, March ’22 Winners

911 Communications Supervisor Megan Petzel, February ’22 Winner

Sergeant Karen Hunte, January ’22 Winner 

Staff Sergeant Kim Manuel, December ’21 Winner

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