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SASKATOON – Twenty-eight men and women were awarded the Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal Friday.
The presentation took place at the Saskatoon Club with all recipients present and proud family members looking on.
After 30 years as a member of the RCMP, 25 in Saskatchewan, inspector Wayne Maughan was honoured to be on the list.
“You’re not going to make a million dollars but you will get a lot of personal satisfaction out of helping people,” said Maughan.
It’s that desire to serve that has carried Maughan and his family through tough times.
“When we were living in Fort Qu’Appelle, Wayne was involved in a very serious situation where he was shot at,” said his wife Marilyn.
Scheduled to be home from work at 4 p.m., Maughan didn’t return to his family until early the following morning. The worry is something Marilyn says all relatives of emergency services personnel have felt.
“You just appreciate when they walk in the door,” she said, holding back tears.
So on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, as Canadians show their appreciation to soldiers and RCMP officers who risked their lives – Friday’s ceremony holds added value after the Moncton shooting, according to Marilyn.
“I’m so lucky I still have him. I can’t imagine him being struck down in duty.”
The Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal was created in 2002 and is awarded to individuals who’ve shown exemplary service while ensuring the safety and security of Saskatchewan citizens.
The medal is presented by the Lieutenant Governor.