Former members' wives honoured with Second Man Award
ALLISTON, ON, Oct. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - A ceremony was held on Sunday, Sept.
22, 2013, in which S/S/M Rob Akin of the 'O' Division RCMP, and the
President of the Georgian Bay RCMP Veterans' Association, retired
Sergeant Dennis Roughley paid tribute to the wives of RCMP members who
helped to support their husbands' policing careers while living in some
of the country's most isolated communities.
Mary Elizabeth Hagymasi and Janet M. Keough received the Second Man Award - an honorary, silver brooch with the RCMP's crest, and a
certificate of appreciation from the RCMP Commissioner. The creation of
the Second Man Award was approved by the RCMP in October 2010. The contributions are
chronicled in the 2004 book, "When the Second Man was a Woman," by Ruth Lee-Knight, the inspiration behind the Second Man Award.
Thirteen women will be honoured in three separate presentations across
'O' Division, with a total 468 recipients across the country. They are
being honoured for the often unrecognized support they provided to the
RCMP from the 1900s onwards. Each of their stories outlines unique
challenges and hardships they endured while on post, often living in
inadequate housing and with growing families of their own to tend to.
During this period of the Force's history, women often performed a range
of duties in support of police operations, from answering phones, to
searching female prisoners, and providing prisoner meals. Their homes
often served as the accommodations for visiting RCMP senior officers,
judges, doctors and nurses to whom they also provided meals and
S/S/M Rob Akin who served as Masters of Ceremonies for the 'O' Division
presentation remarked, "The RCMP is honoured by the selfless support
provided by each of these women to the RCMP members in the conduct of
their duties, and by their assistance to the people in these remote
communities. Their contributions are a proud part of our history."