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.
STAR OF COURAGE
Tianah Auger, S.C. Peace River, Alberta
On June 14, 2009, Tianah Auger showed great courage in battling the strong current of the Heart River to save two young girls, in Peace River, Alberta. Tianah was on shore when she heard screams and saw a young girl struggling in the water. Without hesitation, Tianah ran in and swam out to reach her. As Tianah grabbed hold of the girl, she felt a strong pull on her head. She was surprised to see a second little girl reach out from beneath the surface and climb onto her back. With both victims clinging to her, Tianah managed to get them back to the riverbank.
MEDAL OF BRAVERY
David Edison Adams, M.B. Port Blandford, Newfoundland and Labrador Bruce Wayne Raymond, M.B. Digby, Nova Scotia and Port Blandford, Newfoundland and Labrador
On February 1, 2010, David Adams and Bruce Raymond rescued a man whose ATV had broken through the ice, in Port Blandford, Newfoundland and Labrador. Mr. Raymond heard cries for help and alerted Mr. Adams. Together, they made their way towards the victim, who was struggling against the strong current to hang onto the edge of the thin ice. Mr. Adams crawled in closer and threw a rope to the victim. After several attempts, the rescuers pulled the man onto the ice and dragged him safely to the shore.
The decoration awarded to Mr. Raymond was presented at a previous ceremony.
Joe Barefoot, M.B. Alum Bank, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. and Alban, Ontario
On August 26, 2009, Joe Barefoot risked his life to rescue an elderly man from drowning in the Wahnapitae River, in French River, Ontario. Mr. Barefoot was leading a man on a guided fishing excursion to the Sturgeon Chutes when their boat overturned, sending them both into the whirlpool at the bottom of the falls. The strong current pulled them under, but Mr. Barefoot was able to swim to shore. He then saw the victim floating face down further away. Still exhausted from his own escape, Mr. Barefoot jumped back into the turbulent waters and grabbed the man. With great difficulty, he pulled the victim to shore and tried to resuscitate him. Sadly, the man did not survive.
Master Corporal Christian Pierre Jonathan Bedard, M.B. Laval, Quebec and Ottawa, Ontario
On November 19, 2010, Master Corporal Christian Bedard risked his life to rescue a colleague during a training exercise off Halifax, Nova Scotia. The exercise's goal was to train the men to board a moving vessel from a smaller craft at sea. The victim lost his footing on a wire ladder leading up to the larger vessel, and became entangled, upside-down, near the water line. Master Corporal Bedard leaped onto an adjacent ladder and, with great difficulty, reached up to hold onto the victim. The man struggled to untangle himself as the wind and strong waves kept banging the smaller craft into the side of the larger ship. As the victim slipped free, both men fell from their precarious position into the frigid water, but were rescued shortly thereafter.
Francis Bedard, M.B. Riviere-du-Loup and Saint-Ambroise, Quebec Michel Michaud, M.B. Montreal and La Baie, Quebec