Sunshine Coast RCMP Constable Karen Whitby was recently honoured with a Commanding Officer’s Letter of Appreciation at an awards ceremony at the BC RCMP Headquarters, in recognition of her actions in saving the life of a Sechelt man last year.

On June 2nd 2015, members of the public contacted RCMP concerned that they were unable to contact a 56 year-old neighbour. After an extensive search of the man’s property that did not result in finding the Sechelt man. Constable Whitby used her intuition to try a second search later in the day in surrounding vacant lots, and was able to locate the man with the help of his dog. The 56 year-old had had fallen down a cliff. Paramedics attended the scene providing immediate medical attention.

Doctors believed he was likely lying there for 36 hours and would probably not have survived another night if he’d not been rescued.

After 3 months of treatment, the man made a full recovery. He has since returned home and was reunited with his faithful dog, thanks to the actions of Constable Whitby.

Sunshine Coast RCMP’s Detachment Commander Staff Sergeant Vishal Mathura praised Constable Whitby for her actions saying; While Cst Whitby’s efforts that day are exemplary of the high standard of police work our officers give to our communities every day, it must be recognized that Cst Whitby truly went above and beyond, trusting her instincts and demonstrating a sense of real caring and compassion for this individual. We are proud of Cst Whitby and are fortunate to have her here on the Sunshine Coast.

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