Island Mountie honoured for work in Afghanistan

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Thirty-seven Canadian police officers serving in Afghanistan were recognized for their service during a medal presentation held at the Canadian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The recipients of the Operational Service Medal, with RCMP C/Supt. Marion Lamothe, Canadian police commander, at the front.

The medal presentation on Nov. 27 was the last of the current mission, marking more than 10 years of Canadian police service in Afghanistan.

Among the contingent, 19 police officers received their Operational Service Medal, while 33 were given the RCMP’s International Peace Operations Commemorative coin.

Prince Edward Island’s Sgt. Bob Fogarty was among those recognized.

During the ceremony, the Canadian police commander, RCMP Chief Superintendent Marion Lamothe, presented a plaque to Ambassador Deborah Lyons, thanking her and her predecessors for their support of Canadian police efforts over the past decade.

He also presented recognition plaques to the Canadian

defence attaché, two administrative officers and security personnel.

In addition, several police officers received their long service medals, including one member of the Calgary Police and two RCMP members who work at Ottawa headquarters supporting police in mission.

The current Canadian police mission in Afghanistan will end in March. Today, 41 police officers from seven services across Canada are serving as trainers and advisers to the Afghan National Police.

Organizations: RCMP, Operational Service, Calgary Police

Geographic location: Afghanistan, Prince Edward Island, Ottawa Canada

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