Cornwall dispatcher named police service hero

In this photo from CPA President Dave MacLean's Twitter account, Cornwall dispatcher Mylene Lacroix (right) receives her police service hero award on Thursday, May 16, 2019. She is next to two nominees for the award from Hamilton and North Bay. (Dave MacLean/Twitter via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL – A Cornwall emergency dispatcher is one of three Ontario winners of a service recognition award by the Police Association of Ontario.

Mylene Lacroix was named the civilian on-duty difference maker for her work locally and “making Cornwall and communities she visits on her missions to Uganda a better place through charitable and fundraising efforts,” the PAO said.

Lacroix’s pet project is called “Project Under Things” — undergarments, clothing and money collected and taken to Uganda. “Mylene is a selfless person who truly cares deeply for her coworkers, friends, community and planet,” Cornwall Police Association President Dave MacLean said.

Lacroix and Const. Steve Whitehorne were the two Cornwall Police Service members nominated for the awards, which were handed out Thursday in Ottawa.

The same award for the uniformed officer went to Ottawa Police Const. Aaron Reichert for his response to a triple shooting in the Byward Market. The community role model award went to the Durham Regional Police Service Canine Unit.

This was the fourth year for the PAO awards.