On March 15, 2009, Marilyn Mills, her father David Mills, and Lieutenant-Colonel David Johnson, of the United States Air Force, rescued a couple whose snowmobile had broken through the ice on Trout Lake, in North Bay, Ontario. David and Marilyn Mills heard the victims' cries and ran on the fragile surface to help. Ms. Mills fell in the water trying to pull one of the victims closer but her father quickly got her out. Unable to pull out the unresponsive male, they lifted him halfway up onto the ice. Meanwhile, Lieutenant-Colonel Johnson had manoeuvred a canoe to reach the female victim who was on a piece of floating ice. Despite the weight of her wet clothing, he pulled her aboard, and directed the canoe towards the Mills who helped him bring the woman to the shore. Sadly, the male victim did not survive.
Andreas Michael Jorgensen, M.B. Vancouver and Campbell River, British Columbia
On October 12, 2011, Andreas Jorgensen risked his life to protect his mother during a violent altercation with her ex-spouse, in Campbell River, British Columbia. Hearing his mother's cries for help, Mr. Jorgensen ran into the kitchen to find her on the floor, being kicked by the attacker. He grabbed a small knife and stabbed the man with it. The aggressor turned on him and, during a brief struggle, inflicted several knife wounds to the young man's face and chest. Mr. Jorgensen managed to release the weapon from the assailant's hand and ran outside with his mother to wait for the police. The aggressor was soon apprehended, and Mr. Jorgensen and his mother were brought to the hospital where they were treated for their injuries.
Connor Frederick Klein, M.B. Cedar Falls, Iowa, U.S.A. Craig Alexander Sibley, M.B. Caledon, Ontario
On March 16, 2011, Craig Sibley and Connor Klein rescued a man from a possible drowning, in Daytona Beach, Florida. Mr. Sibley was returning to shore to escape the pull of the strong undertow when he heard someone cry out for help. Mr. Sibley swam to the panicked victim and pulled him to the surface. He then began the difficult task of getting them both out of the powerful riptide. Exhausted, he called for help from Mr. Klein, who was just entering the water. Despite the risk of swimming into the riptide, Mr. Klein made his way to the pair and helped tow the victim to shore.
Danick Levesque, M.B. Brossard and Montreal, Quebec
On February 21, 2010, Danick Levesque rescued a woman from the Riviere-des-Prairies, in Montreal, Quebec. Mr. Levesque was at home when a panicked woman knocked on his door to tell him someone had fallen into the river. He quickly grabbed a hockey stick and ran to help. Mr. Levesque crawled out onto the thin ice and made his way closer to the victim, who was struggling to stay afloat. He extended his hockey stick towards the woman and was able to pull her to the edge of the ice and later, up onto its surface. He then walked her to the shore where others came to help.
Jean-Claude Lindsay, M.B. Saint-Gedeon, Quebec
On July 6, 2010, Jean-Claude Lindsay rescued his wife who was trapped on their burning boat, in Saint-Gedeon, Quebec. Mr. Lindsay was starting up the motor when it exploded, projecting his wife into the air. She landed at the back of the boat where the fire was spreading rapidly. Mr. Lindsay ran through the flames and pulled his wife with him into the water. Although both were suffering from serious burns, he tried to keep her calm until the ambulance arrived. Both were taken to the hospital where they spent several months recuperating from their injuries.
Craig MacInnes, M.B. Amherst, Nova Scotia and Ottawa, Ontario Patricia St. Denis, M.B. Richmond, Ontario Amanda Walkowiak, M.B. Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec