Gravenhurst Rotary honours OPP Officer of the Month Tunney for boating accident rescue
GRAVENHURST – A boating accident this summer in which five young women crashed into an island at night, has landed a local OPP officer with recognition from the Gravenhurst Rotary Club.
Provincial police constable John Tunney was recognized at a Rotary lunch on Monday for his “excellent police work in our community,” said Rotarian Barb McCabe.
Bracebridge OPP detachment commander Inspector Ed Medved said in his nomination remarks to Rotarians, that in the middle of the night, the marine collision occurred on Lake Muskoka.
He said on this early foggy morning, about 2 a.m., the boat the women were in rammed into an unnamed rock island, resulting in serious injuries.
Tunney was instrumental in the rescue of the occupants and the boat and became the lead investigative officer.
Medved said that after a long investigation spearheaded by Tunney, including interviews with those involved alcohol-related charges were laid against the boat’s driver.
Tunney joined the OPP in Bracebridge 18 months ago after having previously served as a corrections officer dealing with troubled youth.
In his short time in the OPP Medved said Tunney was being cited for excellence in dealing with a local tragedy, a local honour that officers at Bracebridge have come to take pride in receiving.
Our community is fortunate to have officers of the calibre of Tunney, said McCabe in her club PR news release Wednesday morning.
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