Burnaby workers who disarmed distraught man receive award

Five security workers who helped save the life of a suicidal male while on the job have been selected to receive Burnaby’s Public Safety Award for 2020.

On Oct. 2, 2019, five workers responded to a man who was openly wielding a knife in a busy, public space in Burnaby.

Mike Keller stepped in and took the knife from the male, Richard Lipinski immediately called for emergency services and first aid, and Alan Layton was first to apply first aid to the male. Keller and Lipinski, along with their coworkers Monty Shaw and Daniel Haynes assisted with first aid. Lipinski kept paramedics updated on the male's status until they arrived.

These five men put their own safety aside to come to the aid of a suicidal male. Their bravery, quick thinking and selflessness likely saved the life of the male, and protected members of the public from any harm.

“On behalf of the Public Safety Committee, Burnaby City Council and Burnaby citizens, I want to tell you how proud we are of you, and thank you for what you have done for all of us,” said Coun. Dan Johnston, chair for the Public Safety Committee.

Due to COVID-19 safety measures, this year’s awards were presented virtually at the City Council meeting on Oct. 5. The awards will be delivered to each of the recipients.

The Public Safety Awards were established in 2017 to recognize individuals with a connection to Burnaby who have carried out meritorious service or an act of bravery related to fire prevention, crime prevention, community policing or public safety. 


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