VOCM
May 24, 2020

Nine RCMP officers and eight RNC officers from Newfoundland and Labrador have been inducted into the Nick Coates 2020 Impaired Driving Team by MADD Canada.

The initiative is named after Nick Coates, who was killed by an impaired driver in 2013. It recognizes officers throughout the province who have done exceptional work to reduce the number of people who are impaired by drugs or alcohol from behind the wheel.

Each inductee is credited with removing at least eight impaired drivers, while two officers at the top of the scale removed 23 each. Of the nine RCMP inductees, three are returning award winners.

RCMP Gold award recipients (12 or more impaired drivers):

  • Cst. Caleb Pellerin – Stephenville – (23 drivers)
  • Cst. Francis Turgeon* – Happy Valley-Goose Bay Traffic Services – (23 drivers)
  • Cst. Jarrett Thorne – Clarenville – (18 drivers)
  • Cst. Corey Goulding – Bay Roberts – (15 drivers)
  • Cst. Raymond Whalen* – Holyrood Traffic Services – (13 drivers)
  • Cpl. Heather Gray Ellis – Carmanville – (12 drivers)

RCMP Silver award recipients (minimum of 8 impaired drivers):

  • Cst. Peter MacIntyre* – Nain – (9 drivers)
  • Cst. Dustin MacIntyre – Happy Valley-Goose Bay – (8 drivers)
  • Cst. Camille Quirion – Nain – (8 drivers)

RNC Gold award recipients:

  • Cst. Joseph Burry – (15 drivers)

RNC Silver award recipients:

  • Cst. Renee McDonald – (11 drivers)
  • Cst. Matthew Tibbo – (10 drivers)
  • Cst. Shane McClafferty – (9 drivers)
  • Cst. Jenna Currie – (8 drivers)
  • Cst. Michael Hunt – (8 drivers)
  • Cst. Zachery Putt – (8 drivers)
  • Cst. Geoffrey Heffernan – (8 drivers)