Rushing into the line of fire isn’t an easy thing to do.
Now two former Wood Buffalo RCMP Constables are being honoured for doing just that. Constable Gordon Marshall and former Constable Tapatha Curnew were awarded with the Commissioner’s Commendations for Bravery and Outstanding Service in a private ceremony in Edmonton Wednesday. RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson was on-hand to present the awards.
Cst. Curnew and Cst. Marshall were involved in an incident in March of 2011 when they responded to reports of gunfire at an apartment building on MacDonald Avenue along with two other officers. Curnew and Marshall encountered a man with a firearm, who fired three shots at the pair. Curnew was hit, sustaining life-threatening injuries, while Marshall avoided injury when a bullet hit his portable radio. The two returned fire, fatally wounding the assailant.
Cst. Marshall is now posted at Stony Plain, while Curnew has recovered from her injuries and since left the RCMP.