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STAR OF COURAGE
Corporal Joseph Martin Eric Beaudoin, S.C., C.D. Stratford, Quebec and Winnipeg, Manitoba Sergeant Randal Douglas McOrmond, S.C., C.D. Thunder Bay, Ontario Master Corporal Robin Anthony Richardson, S.C., C.D. Okanagan Falls and Comox, British Columbia
On November 9, 2009, search and rescue technicians Sergeant Randal McOrmond, Master Corporal Robin Richardson and Corporal Eric Beaudoin rescued a teenager who had been separated from his companion during a hunting trip, near Coral Harbour, Nunavut. An air search discovered the youth on a large pan of unstable ice that was drifting into Hudson's Bay. Messrs. McOrmond, Beaudoin and Richardson parachuted down to a nearby ice floe, and jumped between pieces of moving ice and gaps of open water to reach the victim, who was suffering from severe hypothermia. They provided medical attention and kept watch on two polar bear cubs standing nearby. Thanks to the courageous efforts of these three rescuers, the victim survived.
Asaf Shargall, S.C. Jerusalem, Israel and Toronto, Ontario
On February 13, 2009, Asaf Shargall demonstrated exceptional courage when he pulled a friend from the path of an oncoming train, in Toronto, Ontario. Fifteen-year-old Asaf and one of his friends had been standing on the platform at the subway station when a man pushed them down onto the tracks just as a train was arriving. Asaf took cover in a small alcove, but then rushed back out to grab his friend and pull him into the secure location as the train rolled past. Because of Asaf's courageous actions, his friend survived, despite severe injuries.
MEDAL OF BRAVERY
Jordan Adam Appleby, M.B. Toronto, Ontario Dr. Ursula Higgins, M.B. Toronto, Ontario Peter Levy, M.B. Toronto, Ontario Russell Levy, M.B. Toronto, Ontario David Rego, M.B. Toronto and Caledon, Ontario Dr. Kenneth W. Sniderman, M.B. Toronto, Ontario
On August 1, 2010, doctors Ursula Higgins and Kenneth Sniderman, along with Peter Levy, Russell Levy, David Rego and Jordan Appleby, rescued an injured man who was trapped under an overturned speedboat, in Lake Simcoe, Ontario. The individuals witnessed a boat which was being driven at high speed become airborne and then break apart when it hit the water. Using several boats, they made their way to the submerged vessel and discovered that a man was trapped beneath the wreckage. Without a thought to their own safety, they dove amid shards of glass and volatile gasoline spreading over the surface of the water to reach the victim. They succeeded in pulling the man free, and brought him onto one of the crafts where they were able to revive him.
The decorations awarded to the other recipients were presented at a previous ceremony.
Judith Gayle Barker, M.B. Bright, Ontario Cynthia Louise Riediger, M.B. (posthumous) Calgary, Alberta