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OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 02/06/13 -- His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present 4 Stars of Courage and 46 Medals of Bravery at a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday, February 8, 2013, at 10:30 a.m.

Created in 1972, Decorations for Bravery recognize people who risked their lives to try to save or protect the lives of others. The Cross of Valour (C.V.) recognizes acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril; Fthe Star of Courage (S.C.) recognizes acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril; and the Medal of Bravery (M.B.) recognizes acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances.

A media schedule for the presentation ceremony, a list of recipients and their citations, and a fact sheet on the Decorations for Bravery are enclosed.

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Members of the media are asked to observe the following schedule:

9:45 a.m.: Media start to arrive at Rideau Hall10:30 a.m.: Ceremony begins The Governor General speaks The Governor General presents the Decorations for Bravery12 p.m.: Interviews with recipients



----------------------------------------------------------------------------Corporal Joseph Martin Eric Beaudoin, Stratford, Que. and Winnipeg, Man.S.C., C.D.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Sergeant Randal Douglas McOrmond, S.C., Thunder Bay, Ont.C.D.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Master Corporal Robin Anthony Okanagan Falls and Comox, B.C.Richardson, S.C., C.D.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Asaf Shargall, S.C. Jerusalem, Israel and Toronto, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------


----------------------------------------------------------------------------Jordan Adam Appleby, M.B. Toronto, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Judith Gayle Barker, M.B. Bright, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Andrew Lawrence Bertrend, M.B. Brockville and Ottawa, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Dale Burton Bollivar, M.B. Middlewood, N.S.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Constable Jean-Pierre Brabant, M.B. Lasalle, Que.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Sergeant Michael Brown, M.B. Victoria, B.C.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Justin Ashley Byrne, M.B. Edmonton, Alta.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Constable Solange Aurella Phyllis Moncton, N.B.Cormier, M.B.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Matthew Crombeen, M.B. London, Ont. and Vancouver, B.C.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Constable Ken DeCloet, M.B. Langton and Tillsonburg, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Kole Gerard Devisscher, M.B. East St. Paul, Man.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Sergeant Brian Robert Eadie, M.B. Cornwall and Long Sault, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Constable Jeremy James Falle, M.B. Vankleek Hill, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Michael Foster, M.B. Stouffville, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Constable Neal Fowler, M.B. Quispamsis, N.B.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Constable Charles Gagne, M.B. Roberval and Chibougamau, Que.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Constable Charlie Gunner, M.B. Mistissini, Que.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Constable Keith Carson Head, M.B. Moncton, N.B.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Michael Henry, M.B. Roseau River and Dominion City, Man.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Sarah Ann John, M.B. Toronto, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Susan John, M.B. (posthumous) Toronto, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Sergeant Michael Hamilton Johnston, M.B. Victoria, B.C.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Constable Steve Kowan, M.B. Mill Bay, B.C.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Constable Jerome Labonte, M.B. Saint-Raphael-de-Bellechasse and Drummondville, Que.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Kirk Laroque, M.B. Roseau River, Man.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Daniel Gordon Livingston, M.B. Courtenay, B.C.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Laura Elizabeth MacDonald, M.B. Ottawa, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Eric Michael McAdam Manget, M.B. Toronto, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Ian Frederick McBride, M.B. Digby, N.S.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Constable Randal Douglas Metzler, M.B. Selkirk and Winnipeg, Man.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Paris Nicolaides, M.B. Markham, Toronto and Sioux Lookout, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Paul Alexander Oliver, M.B. Annapolis Royal, N.S.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Peter Edward Paquette, M.B. Ottawa, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Constable Roger Lee Paris, M.B. Salt Springs, N.B.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Constable Philippe Pauze, M.B. Moncton, N.B.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Wayne David Pink, M.B. Albert Bridge, N.S.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Constable Glen Joseph Pinto, M.B. Dieppe, N.B.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Constable Sylvain Proulx, M.B. Chibougamau, Que.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Constable Ken Ramsay, M.B., C.D. Burlington, Ont. and Victoria, B.C.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Cynthia Louise Riediger, M.B. Calgary, Alta.(posthumous)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Constable Nicholas Joseph Roy, M.B., Saint John, N.B.C.D.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Constable Jason Spooner, M.B. Sudbury and Sioux Lookout, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Constable Derek St-Cyr, M.B. Mistissini, Que.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Constable Kathleen Tremblay, M.B. Alma and Chibougamau, Que.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Kyle Walker, M.B. Milton and Kitchener, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Kathryn Whittaker, M.B. Ottawa, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Please note that the information in this media advisory reflects the rank of the recipient at the time of the event for which they are being recognized.



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.


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

On August 23, 2010, Gayle Barker and Cynthia Riediger rescued Mrs. Barker's husband from a possible drowning, in Lake Erie, Ontario. The two families were spending the day at the beach when the victim, who was swimming in to shore, began to show signs of distress. The two women grabbed an inflatable pool lounger and swam out through the rough waters to the exhausted man. They got him to hold on to the inflatable device and then started back, fighting against the waves. When they were nearly there, Mrs. Barker looked behind her and noticed that Ms. Riediger had fallen behind. While Mrs. Barker was able to bring her husband safely onto the beach, sadly, Ms. Riediger disappeared beneath the surface and drowned.

The decoration awarded to the late Ms. Riediger will be given to her daughter, Ms. Erin Lisa Fowler.

Andrew Lawrence Bertrend, M.B. Brockville and Ottawa, Ontario

On July 19, 2010, Andrew Bertrend rescued a teenager, in Brockville, Ontario. The victim and his two friends had been fishing when their canoe overturned, sending them into the water. Alerted by their cries for help, Mr. Bertrend jumped into the river and swam out to them. He quickly located the victim, who had disappeared beneath the surface, and pulled him back to a nearby dock. The two other young men struggled to stay afloat, but were still able to make their way safely back to shore.

Dale Burton Bollivar, M.B. Middlewood, Nova Scotia Ian Frederick McBride, M.B. Digby, Nova Scotia Paul Alexander Oliver, M.B. Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia Wayne David Pink, M.B. Albert Bridge, Nova Scotia

On December 16, 2010, Canadian Coast Guard officers David Pink, Paul Oliver, Dale Bollivar and Ian McBride rescued three men whose fishing boat had sunk during a storm in the Bay of Fundy. Tasked with the mission, Commanding Officer Pink and his crew made their way with great difficulty through troubled seas to reach the victims, who were spotted in an inflatable lifeboat. Once the victims were safely on board, the rescuers continued to search for a fourth man over several more hours, in the crashing waves. Sadly, he was never located.

Constable Jean-Pierre Brabant, M.B. Lasalle, Quebec

On May 10, 2010, Constable Jean-Pierre Brabant, of the City of Montreal Police, rescued a suspect who had jumped into the Lachine Canal to avoid arrest, in Montreal, Quebec. Two men had been attempting to steal a vehicle when the police arrived at the scene to stop them. One man escaped and, after a lengthy pursuit, jumped into the canal. Several metres from shore, fatigued and weighed down by his waterlogged clothing, the man began to struggle. Constable Brabant jumped into the frigid water to reach him. Although exhausted from his efforts, Constable Brabant managed to bring the man to the wall of the canal where other police officers helped pull them both out.

Sergeant Michael Brown, M.B. Victoria, British Columbia Sergeant Michael Hamilton Johnston, M.B.(i) Victoria, British Columbia Constable Steve Kowan, M.B. Mill Bay, British Columbia Constable Ken Ramsay, M.B., C.D. Burlington, Ontario and Victoria, British Columbia

On June 15, 2011, Victoria Police sergeants Michael Brown and Michael Johnston, along with constables Steve Kowan and Ken Ramsay, risked their lives to search a drug dealer's house rigged with deadly booby traps, in Victoria, British Columbia. The officers were in danger of being electrocuted or injured by explosions from flammable liquids that were wired to homemade triggers placed randomly throughout the residence. Thankfully, no one was inside and the search was conducted without setting off any of the traps.

(i) This is the second Decoration for Bravery awarded to Sergeant Johnston.

Justin Ashley Byrne, M.B. Edmonton, Alberta

On July 17, 2010, Justin Byrne put himself in harm's way to rescue several injured people from a burning building at a riding stable, in Jasper, Alberta. Mr. Byrne, who was at a nearby cabin, heard an explosion and discovered that the roof of a building had been blown off and three of the walls had crumbled onto the occupants inside. Mr. Byrne ran into the fiery debris and helped several people out. Unable to free one unconscious woman trapped under a heavy truss, he tried to reach another victim, but was pushed back by the heat and flames. When the firefighters arrived, he gave them the location of the two people he had been unable to reach. The victims were then found and brought to safety.

Constable Solange Aurella Phyllis Cormier, M.B. Moncton, New Brunswick Constable Keith Carson Head, M.B. Moncton, New Brunswick Constable Philippe Pauze, M.B. Moncton, New Brunswick Constable Glen Joseph Pinto, M.B. Dieppe, New Brunswick

On December 11, 2010, RCMP constables Solange Cormier, Keith Head, Philippe Pauze and Glenn Pinto rescued a woman from a burning house, in Riverview, New Brunswick. Arriving at the scene, they were advised by the building's owner that his wife was still inside. Without a thought to their own safety, the constables entered the residence several times, but were forced to retreat from the intense heat and smoke. Determined to find the woman, Constable Head ran back in and located her in her bedroom. He dragged her into the dark, smoke-filled hallway towards the exit, where he bumped into constables Cormier and Pauze, who helped him bring the badly burned victim outside. Sadly, the woman did not survive.

Matthew Crombeen, M.B. London, Ontario and Vancouver, British Columbia Kyle Walker, M.B. Milton and Kitchener, Ontario

On April 14, 2009, Matt Crombeen and Kyle Walker risked their lives to come to the aid of a young man who had set fire to his dorm room, in Waterloo, Ontario. Informed that the student had been acting in a strange manner, members of the residence staff went to check up on him. As they approached the student's room, they saw smoke coming out from beneath his door. Messrs. Walker and Crombeen went through an adjoining bathroom to reach the victim, who was covered in flames. They put out the fire and led the severely burnt young man outside to wait for the ambulance. Despite their efforts, the victim did not survive.

Constable Ken DeCloet, M.B. Langton and Tillsonburg, Ontario

On November 28, 2010, Constable Ken DeCloet, of the Ontario Provincial Police, risked his life in an attempt to rescue a woman from a burning house, in Norfolk County, Ontario. Constable DeCloet was the first responder to arrive at the scene when he was advised by family members that a woman was still inside. Using a fire extinguisher, he began to battle the blaze in an effort to gain entry, but was pushed back by the intensity of the heat and flames. He made a second attempt to enter but had to retreat again after receiving minor burns to his face and hands. Firefighters arrived and were able to bring the woman outside; sadly, she did not survive.

Kole Gerard Devisscher, M.B. East St. Paul, Manitoba

On December 4, 2010, Kole Devisscher rescued a boy from a possible drowning, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Mr. Devisscher was driving by the Red River when he noticed something moving in the water near a large hole in the ice. He stopped and saw that it was a young boy desperately hanging onto the edge and calling out for help. Mr. Devisscher took a rope out from his vehicle and cautiously walked across the unsafe ice to reach the boy. Once he was close enough, Mr. Devisscher made a loop at one end of the rope and threw it to the boy, who was able to secure the loop around his arm and neck. Mr. Devisscher then pulled on the rope and brought the young victim to safety.

Sergeant Brian Robert Eadie, M.B. Cornwall and Long Sault, Ontario Constable Jeremy James Falle, M.B. Vankleek Hill, Ontario

On June 9, 2008, Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant Brian Eadie and Constable Jeremy Falle were seriously injured when they tried to rescue a suicidal young man, in Martintown, Ontario. Upon entering the man's house, Sergeant Eadie and Constable Falle noticed that gasoline had been poured on the floor. Quickly assessing the dangerous situation, they ran to the exit just as the man ignited the gasoline. The explosion created a flashover that slammed the front door shut, trapping the officers inside as flames spread all around them. Constable Falle shot out a window, allowing the policemen to escape, while other officers apprehended the young man. The severely burnt victim succumbed to his injuries a few days later.

Michael Foster, M.B. Stouffville, Ontario

On June 2, 2010, 12-year-old Michael Foster was injured while trying to stop the family's pet dog from attacking his mother and younger brother, in Stouffville, Ontario. The brothers were getting ready for bed when the dog lunged towards the younger boy as he was heading to his room. Michael quickly stepped in front of the large dog to protect his brother. The animal latched onto his arm and shook it fiercely. Michael's mother ran to intervene, but the dog, not previously known to be aggressive, turned and bit her several times. Michael grabbed onto the dog's choke chain and wrestled it to the floor, where he kept it pinned down until help arrived.

Constable Neal Fowler, M.B. Quispamsis, New Brunswick Constable Roger Lee Paris, M.B. Salt Springs, New Brunswick Constable Nicholas Joseph Roy, M.B., C.D. Saint John, New Brunswick

On January 28, 2009, constables Neal Fowler, Roger Paris and Nicholas Roy risked their lives to rescue a man trapped inside an overturned tractor-trailer rig, in Saint John, New Brunswick. The truck had knocked down a telephone pole and was spilling fuel on the roadway, where downed wires arced in a large ball of flames. Dispatched to the scene, the constables climbed on top of the cab and kicked at the windshield, undeterred by the forceful electrical shocks they received in the process. After breaking a hole in the glass, they helped the driver get out and escorted him a safe distance away.

Constable Charles Gagne, M.B. Roberval and Chibougamau, Quebec Constable Charlie Gunner, M.B. Mistissini, Quebec Constable Sylvain Proulx, M.B. Chibougamau, Quebec Constable Derek St-Cyr, M.B. Mistissini, Quebec Constable Kathleen Tremblay, M.B. Alma and Chibougamau, Quebec

On October 15, 2010, Mistissini police constables Charlie Gunner, Sylvain Proulx and Derek St-Cyr, along with Surete du Quebec constables Charles Gagne and Kathleen Tremblay, risked their lives to apprehend an intoxicated man, in Mistissini, Quebec. The angry young man was wandering through a residential area, firing from two guns. The officers were under constant fire and had to frequently take cover as they followed the suspect through town. They were finally able to corner and apprehend the man.

Michael Henry, M.B. Roseau River and Dominion City, Manitoba Kirk Laroque, M.B. Roseau River, Manitoba

On January 22, 2011, Michael Henry and Kirk Laroque rescued three women from a house fire, in Roseau River, Manitoba. From the street, the men noticed flames coming from the roof of the residence and ran inside. Mr. Henry went to the basement and woke up a woman who managed to escape. Disregarding their own safety, Messrs. Henry and Laroque located a badly burnt 16-year-old girl on the main floor and dragged her outside. Despite the intense heat and flames, they re-entered the dwelling and brought out a third woman, but were unable to revive her.

Sarah Ann John, M.B. Toronto, Ontario Susan John, M.B. (posthumous) Toronto, Ontario

On October 13, 2008, Susan John and her daughter, Sarah, risked their lives to stop an intruder who was attacking Susan's mother, in Toronto, Ontario. A masked man had snuck into the older woman's bedroom and attacked her with a knife. Hearing the victim's screams, Susan and Sarah ran in to help, but the intruder turned his vicious attack on Susan. Sarah repeatedly hit the intruder but was unable to stop his assault. She then grabbed a phone, dialled 911 and made her escape. The man caught up with her in a nearby alley and strangled her until she lost consciousness. He then ran away, but was quickly apprehended by police. Sadly, neither Susan nor her mother survived.

The decoration awarded to the late Ms. John will be received by her brother, Mr. George P. Varghese.

Constable Jerome Labonte, M.B. Saint-Raphael-de-Bellechasse and Drummondville, Quebec

On April 12, 2009, Surete du Quebec Constable Jerome Labonte rescued a suicidal woman from the Saint-Maurice River, in Shawinigan, Quebec. Responding to a call about a woman threatening to jump from a bridge, Constable Labonte arrived just as the woman plunged into the river below. The victim could not reach the ropes that were thrown to her, so Constable Labonte tied a rope around his own waist and swam out to reach her. He struggled in the strong current to bring her closer to shore, where others helped bring her to safety.

Daniel Gordon Livingston, M.B. Courtenay, British Columbia

On April 2, 2010, Daniel Livingston risked his life to rescue an injured man from a burning SUV, near Courtenay, British Columbia. The driver had lost control of his car during a heavy rainfall, causing it to flip over and catch on fire. One of the occupants was ejected while the other was trapped in the wreck. From a nearby house, Mr. Livingston heard the accident and rushed out to help. He crawled inside and cut the victim's seatbelt, but had to pull back from the intense heat and smoke. Determined to save the victim, Mr. Livingston used tremendous effort to pull the man out and bring him to safety. Sadly, the man who was ejected from the car did not survive.

Laura Elizabeth MacDonald, M.B. Ottawa, Ontario

On March 20, 2010, Laura MacDonald rescued a suicidal woman from Lake Ontario, in Kingston, Ontario. Ms. MacDonald had been walking with friends along the waterfront when they heard a woman's cries for help. They threw her a life ring and managed to pull her closer to shore, but could not get her onto the pier. Without any thought for her own safety, Ms. MacDonald jumped into the cold water and struggled to push the victim up to where her friends could grab her and pull her out. An ambulance brought the victim to the hospital, where she recovered.

Eric Michael McAdam Manget, M.B. Toronto, Ontario

On September 1, 2010, 15-year-old Eric Manget rescued his mother and his younger brother from a possible drowning, in Hilton Head, South Carolina, U.S.A. Eric was on the beach when he heard someone yelling for help and realized that his mother and brother were in trouble, a good distance away from the shore. He ran into the water and battled high waves and a strong undertow to reach them. Eric grabbed his brother and gave him a strong push towards the beach. This enabled the younger boy to break free of the cross-currents and make it to shore on his own. Eric then struggled against the outgoing tide to push his mother to shallow waters; all made it back to the beach safely.

Constable Randal Douglas Metzler, M.B. Selkirk and Winnipeg, Manitoba

On July 29, 2009, RCMP Constable Randal Metzler entered a burning house to try to rescue a disabled woman, in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. Responding to a 911 call, Constable Metzler arrived at the house before the fire department. A bystander advised him that a bedridden woman was trapped inside. He ran in and located the woman in her bedroom. Unfortunately, he had inhaled high levels of smoke and could not lift her. Constable Metzler felt light-headed and had to run outside to get some air. Fire services arrived and were able to bring the victim safely outside.

Paris Nicolaides, M.B. Markham, Toronto and Sioux Lookout, Ontario Constable Jason Spooner, M.B. Sudbury and Sioux Lookout, Ontario

On March 6, 2009, Paris Nicolaides rescued a woman from a burning hotel room, in Sioux Lookout, Ontario. Working at the front desk, Mr. Nicolaides heard the fire alarm go off and proceeded to evacuate the hotel guests. Hearing screams from the room that was on fire, Mr. Nicolaides crawled in and located a badly burnt woman. After bringing her outside, Mr. Nicolaides returned with Ontario Provincial Police Constable Jason Spooner to search the room for the woman's boyfriend. They braved the intense heat and flames to confirm that no one else was in the room. The woman was brought to the hospital, where she was treated for smoke inhalation and burns.

Peter Edward Paquette, M.B. Ottawa, Ontario

On December 9, 2010, OC Transpo bus driver Peter Paquette rescued three people from a burning building, in Ottawa, Ontario. While driving on his bus route, Mr. Paquette noticed smoke coming from the upstairs window of a three-storey apartment complex. He stopped his bus and made his way through the smoke-filled entranceway of the building, escorted an elderly tenant out, and then ran up to the top floor. Struggling to breathe, he knocked on all the doors on each floor to alert the residents, some of whom were reluctant to leave. Thanks to the actions of Mr. Paquette, everyone made it safely outside.

Kathryn Whittaker, M.B. Ottawa, Ontario

On July 13, 2007, Kathryn Whittaker, captain of the sail-training vessel Fair Jeanne risked her life to rescue her crew and 20 cadets when their engine caught fire on Lake Ontario. About an hour after dropping anchor, thick smoke was observed coming from the engine room. After finding the source of the smoke, Captain Whittaker was unable to extinguish the flames. She then shut the door to the engine room to starve the flames of oxygen, but the smoke continued to billow out. She commanded the crew to shut off the engine and to gather up on deck. Captain Whittaker went down to the charthouse through the thick, black smoke to retrieve a hand-held GPS. She dispatched a mayday call on the VHF radio, and provided the vessel's exact location. Shortly afterwards, several search and rescue teams and firefighting craft arrived on the scene; all those aboard the Fair Jeanne were saved.



The Decorations for Bravery were created in 1972. They recognize people who risk their lives and choose to defy their own instinct of survival to try to save a loved one or a perfect stranger whose life is in immediate danger.

The three levels of the Decorations for Bravery reflect the degree to which the recipients put themselves at risk:

-- The Cross of Valour (C.V.) recognizes acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril.-- The Star of Courage (S.C.) recognizes acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril.-- The Medal of Bravery (M.B.) recognizes acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances.


Anyone is free to propose the name of a person who has risked injury or death in an attempt to rescue another person. The incident need not have taken place in Canada, and the rescuer need not be Canadian, but Canadians or Canadian interests must be involved. The decorations may be awarded posthumously.

Nominations must be made within two years of the incident, or within two years after a public entity, including a court, a quasi-judicial tribunal or a coroner, has concluded its review of the circumstances surrounding the incident or act of bravery.

For more information on the Decorations for Bravery, please visit

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Rideau Hall Press Office

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