Ontario Constable Named Trooper of the Year


Cst. Dell Mercey – 2011 Trooper of the Year – used by permission of IACP

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) named Constable Dell Mercey of the Ontario Provincial Police as the IACP/Motorola Solutions 2011 Trooper of the Year. Constable Mercey was chosen from four finalists among state and provincial agencies of the United States and Canada for this honor.

“Police chiefs have a unique responsibility to ensure that our nation’s law enforcement officers are recognized for their selfless service. The IACP is pleased to honor those law enforcement officers who tirelessly serve their communities, sometimes at great risk to themselves.” said Mark A. Marshall, Chief of the Smithfield, Virginia Police Department and President of the IACP. “I applaud Constable Mercey for his heroic actions and appreciate the sacrifices he and the other finalists made to make their communities safer places. All too often the selfless courage, dedication and professionalism like what these four nominees showed goes unnoticed but is displayed daily by all law enforcement officers.”

“Motorola Solutions understands the risks that troopers encounter every day to protect their citizens,” said Kelly Kirwan, Motorola Solutions corporate vice president. “This award provides us the opportunity to say thank you to all the troopers that serve as members of state and provincial police agencies and acknowledge their service.”

Cst. Vu Pham – Ontario Provincial Police – photo by Canadian Press

Provincial Constable Dell Mercey and his partner Provincial Constable Vu Pham were dispatched to a residence in Sundridge, Ontario following a report of a domestic dispute. Finding the property empty, the two left in opposite directions in their respective vehicles searching for the suspect and vehicle in question. Constable Pham soon located, followed, and ultimately stopped the vehicle, with Mercey arriving to provide backup.

Upon being pulled over, the suspect emerged from the vehicle with a Browning .270 caliber rifle and immediately pursued Pham who was forced to take cover behind his cruiser. The two exchanged rounds which resulted in Pham being struck in the head. Constable Mercey, after radioing “officer down,” took cover behind his police Tahoe and continued to engage the advancing suspect. The two exchanged fire, and despite the suspect being struck a number of times, he continued to advance on Mercey’s position of cover, eventually forcing him to cross the road and find new cover.

Ontario Medal for Police Bravery – awarded previously to Cst. Dell Mercey and Cst. Vu Pham (posthumously)

The exchange continued until the suspect sustained more shots from Mercey and went down. The subject was struck a total of six times; Constable Mercey sustained no injuries. Unfortunately, despite the remarkable efforts of Constable Mercey, responding officers, civilian communications members, and EMS personnel, Constable Pham had been mortally wounded. Yet ultimately they never gave up hope and performed their respective duties with perfection under the most trying of circumstances.

Cst. Mercey was previously awarded the Ontario Police Medal of Bravery for this act of heroism, saying that Pham’s spirit was what enabled him to prevail with the shoot-out.  Cst. Pham was awarded the same medal posthumously for his bravery in the incident.

The other finalists for the Trooper of the Year honor were Officer Rafael Rivera of the California Highway Patrol; Trooper Jason E. Whitman of the Pennsylvania State Police and Trooper Jose Mena of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

About the IACP
The International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world’s oldest and largest association of law enforcement executives. Founded in 1893, the IACP has more than 21,000 members in 100 countries.

About Motorola Solutions
Motorola Solutions is a leading provider of business- and mission-critical communication products and services for enterprise and government customers.


About Sandra Bell Kirchman

My passion is for fiction, especially fantasy fiction. I have been writing nearly all my life, since the age of 7 when I produced a 5-page novel called "Angus the Ant" - self-illustrated. Since then, I have written and published a fantasy novel called "Witchcanery," which has won several awards and has met with some acclaim from readers around the world. I've also edited and published an anthology for the writers at my site FantasyFic.com, called "Birth of a Unicorn and Other Stories." Both books are available on Kindle; the latter is also available on Nook. Both books are sold as hard copies at most major online outlets. One of my later ventures was horror stories; surprisingly, since horror stories scare me, I find I have a special affinity for them, especially in flash fiction format (under 1000 or less words). Currently, I am working on two WIPs, one a sequel to "Witchcanery," which several readers have made me promise to write; the other an apocalyptic novel called "The Road to the End of the World." There are several examples of this latter novel in my blog "Fantasyfic," formerly known as "Wizards and Ogres and Elves - Oh My!" Fantasyfic is on hold temporarily, while I work almost exclusively on Puppy Dog Tales. My other blogs keep me hopping. One is a roundup of news and some fun pieces from around the world. It is listed under the name of "News, Views, and Gurus." The current blog is my pet favorite, if you'll pardon the expression. I'm an avid pet parent and animal lover. My three little Shih-Tzus are the joys of my life...and so is my husband, but I don't write about him. Anyhow, my blog "Puppy Dog Tales" is a work of love, featuring my doggies and other pets around the world. I'm a devoted advocate of animal rights and especially backing the cause of animal rescue shelters. My wonderful husband and I live in a very small town in southeastern Saskatchewan on the south side in a rustic, cedar-sided home. Our property is almost a whole acre, and is gracious and pretty (which is not easy to be in one package). All five of us are happy here.

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