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OPP issue fundraising challenge to other emergency services to help Special Olympics

By Stephen Uhler, The Daily Observer

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The Pembroke OPP donated $200 to the Pembroke and area  Special Olympics, and are challenging other emergency services to match the amount or exceed it.Taking pare in the presentation (from left) are Jeff Shand (athlete attending Ontario Spring Games 2016 in powerlifting, Const. Shawn Peever, Brian Dinwoodie, who came back with a gold medal in 100 m snowshoeing from the Canada Winter Games in Newfoundland, Const. Jack Gibson, Branch 10 North president of the Ontario Provincial Police Association (OPPA), and Pat Durston, Pembroke and Area Special Olympics community co-ordinator and medical staff for the Canada Winter Games.

Submitted photo/Pembroke Daily Observer/Postmedia Network The Pembroke OPP donated $200 to the Pembroke and area Special Olympics, and are challenging other emergency services to match the amount or exceed it.Taking pare in the presentation (from left) are Jeff Shand (athlete attending Ontario Spring Games 2016 in powerlifting, Const. Shawn Peever, Brian Dinwoodie, who came back with a gold medal in 100 m snowshoeing from the Canada Winter Games in Newfoundland, Const. Jack Gibson, Branch 10 North president of the Ontario Provincial Police Association (OPPA), and Pat Durston, Pembroke and Area Special Olympics community co-ordinator and medical staff for the Canada Winter Games.

The Pembroke detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police is issuing a challenge to other emergency responders in supporting the Pembroke and Area Special Olympics.

Constable Jack Gibson, who is the president of Branch 10 North, Ontario Provincial Police Association (OPPA), recently presented a cheque for $200 to Jeff Shand and Brian Dinwoodie, representing the Pembroke and Area Special Olympics, and then challenged all Ottawa Valley Emergency Response Units, associations and unions to meet or beat the donation.

The organizations which received challenges are Deep River's police and fire department, the Laurentian Hills Fire Department, the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (formally AECL) Security and Fire Department, the Renfrew County Paramedic Service, Garrison Petawawa Military Police, Garrison Petawawa Fire, the Town of Petawawa Fire Department, the Pembroke Fire Department and the Laurentian Valley Fire Department.

Police forces have had a long history of supporting the Special Olympics through the annual Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run, which has become an annual tradition in various parts of Renfrew County.

A number of charity hockey games with the local police hockey team playing the NHL Alumni team also raised funds for the cause.

The Pembroke and Area Special Olympics serves athletes from Deep River down through Petawawa, Pembroke, Whitewater Region and Laurentian Valley Township.

SUhler@postmedia.com


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