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