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Riot hero earns company kudo

From left Chris McClelland, Robert Mackay and Dean Seskin. - Darrel Seskin photo
From left Chris McClelland, Robert Mackay and Dean Seskin.
— image credit: Darrel Seskin photo

A local sous chef will be honoured for his efforts to stop some of the vandalism during the Stanley Cup Riot in downtown Vancouver earlier this month.

Robert Mackay will be presented the Chairman's Award of Merit—the highest honour given to an employee of the organization—by representatives of the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation next Thursday, July 7.

He'll be presented the award outside the Hudson Bay's flagship store in Vancouver, the very place where he tried to prevent rioters from smashing display windows, only to be beaten down by a mob of them.

Mackay works at Tramonto restaurant, and was spared further injury when Richmond's Dean Seskin, 18, stepped forward to use his body to shield Mackay from a flurry of punches and kicks, and Chris McLelland, 19, helped as well.

"We are extremely proud and honoured to have such an amazing employee be a part of the River Rock Casino family," said corporation president Rod Baker. "Mr. Mackay is an example to all British Columbians as he exemplified courage and honour in the face of extreme danger and adversity."

During the presentation, the CEO of Hudson's Bay, Richard Baker, representatives from the City of Vancouver and the Downtown Business Improvement Association, will also acknowledge Mackay's actions.

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