On March 19, 2010, Francis Bedard and Michel Michaud rescued a man from a burning vehicle, in Saguenay, Quebec. Following a collision between a truck and a tractor-trailer transporting a load of logs, the truck was destroyed and the driver was killed instantly. The tractor-trailer had rolled into the ditch and caught fire. Messrs. Michaud and Bedard, who were driving by the scene, stopped their vehicles and got out to help. While Mr. Bedard called 911, Mr. Michaud climbed up into the tractor-trailer's smoke-filled cab and punched out the window to extract the driver. Mr. Bedard climbed up beside Mr. Michaud to help. Despite the danger posed by several small explosions, both men were able to pull the victim to safety.
Jean-Francois Bernier, M.B. Port-Cartier, Quebec
On July 22, 2010, Jean-Francois Bernier risked his life to rescue two people from a possible drowning, in Riviere-Pentecote, Quebec. Mr. Bernier and members of his family were at the beach, standing on shore while their children played in the waves with their grandmother. Suddenly, the swimmers were caught in a strong current that pushed them apart. Hearing their cries for help, the parents entered the rough waters and grabbed the children who were closest to shore while Mr. Bernier swam out to the last child who was further away. He dove underwater to find the boy, brought him up to the surface and revived him. Struggling against the current, Mr. Bernier managed to bring both the boy and the grandmother safely to shore.
Robert Borduas, M.B. Montreal, Quebec Constable Stephane Tremblay, M.B. Candiac, Quebec
On October 26, 2009, Robert Borduas and Surete du Quebec Constable Stephane Tremblay rescued a suicidal woman, in Longueuil, Quebec. When Mr. Borduas noticed a body floating in the St. Lawrence River, he called 911 and hurried to the riverbank. Without any thought for their own safety, he and Constable Tremblay rushed into the cold water to reach the unconscious woman. They pulled her to shore and kept her warm until the ambulance arrived.
Constable Brian Murray Carmichael, M.B. Fredericton, New Brunswick John Lamkey, M.B. Chatham and Richibucto Road, New Brunswick Sergeant George Winton Matthew Myers, M.B. Fredericton and McLeod Hill, New Brunswick Troy Alan Wilcox, M.B. Oromocto and Richibucto Road, New Brunswick
On August 15, 2009, Sergeant Matt Myers, Constable Brian Carmichael, and firefighters John Lamkey and Troy Wilcox attempted to rescue three young men from a vehicle submerged in the St. John River, in Fredericton, New Brunswick. A female passenger had managed to escape through an opening in the roof, but three men remained trapped inside. Tethered by ropes, the rescuers plunged into the murky water to locate the vehicle. After numerous dives, they succeeded, and treaded water above the car while firefighter Wilcox dove down to hook a tow line to the bumper. The car was then pulled out. Sadly, the victims did not survive.
Marc-Andre Forgues, M.B. Saint-Ignace-de-Stanbridge, Quebec
On May 14, 2010, Marc-Andre Forgues risked his life to rescue two girls from a possible drowning during a high-school trip to Costa Rica. A group of students had been enjoying a swim when the current suddenly started pulling them further out to sea. Mr. Forgues, along with several of the students, made it back to the beach. Once there, Mr. Forgues heard the two victims who had started to scream in panic. Despite his own exhaustion, Mr. Forgues swam back out to reach them, making two separate trips against the strong undertow to bring the girls to safety.
Harry Malcolm Fraser, M.B. Trenton, Nova Scotia