Constable Evan A. Farrell was the inaugural recipient of the 2013 Lieutenant Donald A. M. O’Neill Memorial Scholarship Award in Police Studies.
The award was established by generous donations from family and friends in memory of Donald Anthony Michael O’Neill, a retired lieutenant of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary. Lieutenant O’Neill served the RNC for 28 years and was one of 66 officers who held the line against 250 loggers at the Badger Riots in 1959. Lieutenant O’Neill grew up on the family farm on Bell Island but spent most of his years in St. John’s where he served his community with honour and distinction. He was known to many for his remarkable sense of duty and it was not uncommon for neighbours to wake up to find him clearing their driveways in a mid-winter blizzard.
Constable Farrell received the award at the graduation ceremonies held on Labour Day Weekend, 2013. Along with Constable Farrell, three other new constables received recognition from the Police Studies program.
The Lieutenant Governors Award for Cadet of the Year went to Constable Derek E. McDonald. The Constable Malcolm “Mackey” White Outstanding Dedication Award was awarded to Constable Christopher M. Mooney. Finally, the Michael J. Roberts Memorial Scholarship Award in Police Studies went to Constable Charley Torres Casanas.