Local police constable receives life-saving award

Saugeen Shores Police Constable, Laurel Hopkins, has only with the Service since April, 2017 but already she has applied her training to save two lives.

On two different occasions this year (2018), her quick thinking and assessment of the persons in distress due to opioid overdoses saved their lives when she administered the antidote naloxone.


For her quick actions, Saugeen Shores Police Chief Mike Bellai nominated her for the St. John Ambulance Life-saving Award which she received at Saugeen Shores Town Council meeting on November 12th from¬†St. John’s Ambulance Branch Chair Tony Alberts.

(L) Tony Alberts, Const. Laurel Hopkins, Mayor Mike Smith, Chief Mike Bellai
Surrounded by Family (L) Graham, Jan and Erin Hopkins, Brandon Koebel, Const. Laurel Hopkins                                                             and Terry Vargas

St. John Canada established the St. John Ambulance Life-saving Awards Program over 30 years ago to acknowledge individuals or groups of individuals who have administered first aid while saving or attempting to save a life. To recognize these individuals, St. John Ambulance grants two awards at the national level by the Chancellor and one at the
provincial/territorial level by the Chair of the Council.

Constable Laurel Hopkins

Saugeen Shores Police Chief Mike Bellai