VICTORIA – Prince George resident Louis Dery was honoured with a Public Safety Lifeline Volunteer award yesterday at the B.C. Legislature for his volunteer work with B.C.’s Provincial Emergency Program Air (PEP AIR).

PEP AIR, a B.C.-wide volunteer aviation association, promotes aviation safety and provides air search support services to the National Search and Rescue Program.

“Lou is a very deserving recipient of this significant award. He has devoted countless hours to ensuring the safety of others,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “Lou is a great example of someone prepared to step up to serve his community and province. Thank you Lou for making a difference.”

“Those who provide rescue services sacrifice family time and often work in challenging weather and environmental conditions,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “This award recognizes Lou Dery’s very significant commitment in serving our residents.”

Lou has been an active and supportive member of PEP AIR since 2005. As a PEP Air volunteer, Lou is trained as a spotter and navigator and has become an instructor in both categories. In addition, Lou is trained and qualified as a search coordinator and has taken on the additional responsibility of deputy zone commander.

Lou was recently selected to attend the military Searchmaster course in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Each year, up to four non-military personnel from across Canada are selected to attend this highly coveted training program.

When Lou completes the course, he will be certified nationally as an Assistant Search Master.