in memoriam brigadier

WHO: In honour of Brigadier, who was killed in the line of duty on February 24, 2006

WHAT: Presentation of the Animal Heroes Award by The Humane Society of Canada during the Mounted Unit’s Graduation Ceremony

WHEN: TODAY, Wednesday 12th April 2006, 11:00 AM

WHERE: Toronto Police Mounted Unit, Horse Palace, CNE, Toronto, ON

APRIL 12/06, TORONTO -- On February 24, 2006, Brigadier, a Toronto Police Mounted Unit, while on duty was struck and killed by a motorist who then fled the scene of the accident.


“Created especially for The Humane Society of Canada, Constable Kevin Bradfield of the Toronto Mounted Unit will accept in Brigadier’s honour, a beautiful pewter medal engraved with his name surrounded by a circle of animals and emblazoned with the legend: Animal Heroes. Representing the silver and blue colours of our charity’s identity, and our mission, “protecting animals and the earth”, each medal is individually hand cast by Canadian artist, Sarah Pelaic, and is adorned with a blue ribbon. Animal Heroes recognizes outstanding acts of courage and sacrifice by animals on behalf of other animals and people,” explained Michael O'Sullivan, the charity’s Executive Director. These coveted awards are not necessarily given out each year in all categories.

CONTACT: Michael O'Sullivan by toll free 1-800-641-KIND or Michael on his cell phone (416) 876-9685 or at via twitter at and on Facebook at:

[For more than 17 years, Al Hickey was the Chief Executive of the BC SPCA and before that headed up the Alberta and BC Chambers of Commerce, and was the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vancouver. He has been The HSC Western Regional Director for over 12 years. He has 4 children and 6 grandchildren. For his lifetime of achievement dedicated to helping people, animals and the environment, we have bestowed upon him our prestigious Heroes for Animals Award, shared by only a handful of people and organizations.

A father with two children, and a houseful of dogs and cats, Michael O'Sullivan has worked across Canada and in over 110 countries during the last 40 years helping people, animals and nature.]

The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) works to protect dogs, cats, horses, birds, rabbits and small animals, livestock, lab animals, wildlife and the environment. We carry out hands on programs to help animals and nature, mount rescue operations, expose cruelty through hard hitting undercover investigations, work to pass laws to protect animals, use a multidisciplinary approach, support animal shelters and wildlife rehabilitation centres, and spread the word about how to help animals and nature through humane education.

The only organization of its kind, seven days a week, The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) works across the street, across Canada and around the world helping people, animals and the environment.

The Humane Society of Canada (HSC) depends entirely on donations to support our programs to help animals and the environment. All donations are gratefully acknowledged with a receipt for income tax purposes. If you would like to support our educational campaigns that protect animals and the environment please make a donation here. Because when it comes to fighting cruelty and violence, we don’t give up. Ever.