The Rotary Club of Scarborough – Service Above Self Awards honour Toronto Police, Paramedic and Fire – June 14.
Mark Watson – Toronto Fire Services, Don Meikle – Toronto Paramedic Services,
PC Lee Kennedy – Toronto Police Service
The Rotary Club of Scarborough President Gene Burns introduced Donna Worden to present our Service Above Self (the Rotary Moto) Awards.  This is the eleventh year the club has presented these awards whose purpose is to recognize and honour each of the three main services: Toronto Police Service, Toronto Fire Services and the Toronto Paramedic Services.  The award recipients are outstanding individuals, who, in the opinion of their peers and superiors, have earned this recognition.
Toronto Police Service - Sergeant John Murphy of 41 Division spoke to the outstanding service of award recipient PC Lee Kennedy. To summarize Sergeant John’s commentary about Lee: dedicated, hardworking, and an asset to Division 41, often working with other agencies and intelligence units. Issue: girls being trapped in the sex trade / human trafficking. He has taken it on himself to spearhead valuable training to local school officials, and officers. In 2015 – in a human trafficking / extortion case involving a 14 year old student – he identified the suspects involved, followed through, and eventually freed two other girls. In March 2015, and on his own initiative, Officer Kennedy initiated training to school staff – providing administrators with the background and telltale signs they needed. At Winston Churchill Collegiate, he investigated a 15 year old missing girl – she was being trafficked – complete information was passed to the Sex Crimes Unit. Other investigations – e.g. international hacking incident in a local high school, Officer Kennedy identified the suspect, a number of police services involved, including the FBI – this effort was headed by Officer Kennedy. Many investigative cases noted, including his thorough follow-on training and investigation. His efforts about young girls being trafficked are all on his own accord. Officer Lee Kennedy’s comment was a quote from Muhammad Ali: “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
Toronto Paramedic Services – Commander Peter Rotolo outlined the many contributions of recipient Don Meikle. A few of Don’s accomplishments: a professional and exceptional work ethic; member of Inaugural Toronto Paramedic Service Veterans Core Team; chosen to attend the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Normandy; nominated for Public Heroes Award with Intercultural Dialogue Institute of Toronto.
Toronto Fire Services – Acting Platoon Chief Stefon Cloer stated the accomplishments of recipient Mark Watson. To recap a few of Stefon’s comments about Mark: “Society can be measured by how it cares for its most vulnerable members, the old, the very young, the
sick -- Mark specializes in animals suffering from neglect and abuse. He often gets dispatched on short notice to be a member of Toronto Services Heavy Rescue Team, having received training in Confined Spaces, Swift Water Rescue, Trench Rescue, and Incident Command. For the past 5 years Mark has been part a team with the Humane Society of America specializing in raids on Puppy mills, dog fighting camps, and any suffering animal from ducks to dogs etc.