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OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 06/05/13 -- His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present 1 Star of Courage and 46 Medals of Bravery at a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday, June 7, 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; the 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



----------------------------------------------------------------------------Tianah Auger, S.C. Peace River, Alta.----------------------------------------------------------------------------


----------------------------------------------------------------------------David Edison Adams, M.B. Port Blandford, N.L.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Joe Barefoot, M.B. Alum Bank, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. and Alban, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Master Corporal Christian Pierre Laval, Que. and Ottawa, Ont. Jonathan Bedard, M.B.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Francis Bedard, M.B. Riviere-du-Loup and Saint-Ambroise, Que.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Jean-Francois Bernier, M.B. Port-Cartier, Que.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Robert Borduas, M.B. Montreal, Que.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Constable Brian Murray Carmichael, Fredericton, N.B. M.B.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Marc-Andre Forgues, M.B. Saint-Ignace-de-Stanbridge, Que.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Harry Malcolm Fraser, M.B. Trenton, N.S.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Matthew Patrick Gallant, M.B. Quesnel and Surrey, B.C.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Simon Glen Gallant, M.B. Quesnel and Surrey, B.C.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Keith Glibbery, M.B. Ottawa, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Annie Mairin Caitlin Hutchison, M.B. Calgary, Alta.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Sarah Beth Hutchison, M.B. Calgary, Alta. and Victoria, B.C.----------------------------------------------------------------------------John Robert Jacques, M.B. Ottawa, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Lieutenant-Colonel David D. Johnson, Portsmouth, Virginia and M.B. O'Fallon, Illinois, U.S.A.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Andreas Michael Jorgensen, M.B. Vancouver and Campbell River, B.C.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Connor Frederick Klein, M.B. Cedar Falls, Iowa, U.S.A.----------------------------------------------------------------------------John Lamkey, M.B. Chatham and Richibucto Road, N.B.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Danick Levesque, M.B. Brossard and Montreal, Que.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Jean-Claude Lindsay, M.B. Saint-Gedeon, Que.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Craig MacInnes, M.B. Amherst, N.S. and Ottawa, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Jacques Marcoux, M.B. Alma, Que.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Michel Michaud, M.B. Montreal and La Baie, Que.----------------------------------------------------------------------------David Garnet Mills, M.B. North Bay, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Marilyn Marion Mills, M.B. North Bay, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------John Frederick Meredith, M.B. Osoyoos, B.C.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Mark Jeffrey Monture, M.B. Six Nations and Caledonia, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Sergeant George Winton Matthew Fredericton and McLeod Hill, N.B. Myers, M.B.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Alexander Peter David Nassak, M.B. Kangirsuk, Que.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Brock Elliott Nelson, M.B. Ottawa, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Lee Page, M.B. Brampton, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Eunice Marie Selagi, M.B. Kaministiquia, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Craig Alexander Sibley, M.B. Caledon, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Damien Simard, M.B. Chicoutimi and Alma, Que.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Patricia St. Denis, M.B. Richmond, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Lenoard Taft, M.B. Colborne, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Timothy Jordy Tait, M.B. Sachigo Lake and Thunder Bay, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Constable Jacques Thibeault, M.B. Kapuskasing and Rockland, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Andre Tremblay, M.B. La Dore, Que.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Constable Stephane Tremblay, M.B. Candiac, Que.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Constable Regis Voyer, M.B. Amqui and Saint-Constant, Que.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Chief Warrant Officer William Thomas Ottawa, Eganville and Stittsville, Walker, M.B., C.D. Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Amanda Walkowiak, M.B. Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Que.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Constable Toby Whinney, M.B. Tauton, Somerset, U.K. and Newburgh, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Troy Alan Wilcox, M.B. Oromocto and Richibucto Road, N.B.----------------------------------------------------------------------------

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.



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.


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

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

On April 8, 2010, Harry Fraser risked his life to rescue a neighbour from a burning house, in Trenton, Nova Scotia. Alerted to the fire, Mr. Fraser called the fire department for help as he followed his neighbour back to her home. Mr. Fraser ran into the thick smoke after her, only to find the living room completely engulfed in flames. He shouted out to the woman, who had rushed to the second floor to find her dog. Blinded by the smoke, Mr. Fraser held a sweater over his mouth and nose, went upstairs and guided the owner outside. The flames were spreading quickly and the front window blew out just as they managed to escape to the street.

Matthew Patrick Gallant, M.B. Quesnel and Surrey, British Columbia Simon Glen Gallant, M.B. Quesnel and Surrey, British Columbia

On January 4, 2011, brothers Matthew and Simon Gallant rescued two toddlers from a burning apartment, in Surrey, British Columbia. From an adjacent apartment, Matthew and Simon heard the mother's screams for help and rushed over. Without any thought for their own safety, they ran in and out of the apartment several times, searching for the twin girls trapped inside. Despite the intense heat and limited visibility, Matthew finally located them in a bedroom. He brought one child out to the mother and ran back inside for the second child. Completely engulfed in smoke, Simon held the door open for Matthew as he brought out the other girl. Sadly, one of the twins did not survive.

Keith Glibbery, M.B. Ottawa, Ontario John Robert Jacques, M.B. Ottawa, Ontario Brock Elliott Nelson, M.B. Ottawa, Ontario

On October 19, 2009, Keith Glibbery, John Jacques and Brock Nelson saved the lives of several co-workers following an explosion at an Ottawa heating plant. A boiler had ruptured, sending superheated steam and smoke throughout the main room of the plant. Water pouring from ruptured pipes caused a short circuit in the electrical system and natural gas leaked from the boiler. Messrs. Glibbery, Jacques and Nelson ran up four flights of stairs through intense heat and low visibility to reach the roof to close the shut-off valve. The actions of these brave men prevented a massive loss of life; sadly, one of the employees injured in the blast did not survive.

Annie Mairin Caitlin Hutchison, M.B. Calgary, Alberta Sarah Beth Hutchison, M.B. Calgary, Alberta and Victoria, British Columbia

On July 9, 2010, sisters Annie and Sarah Beth Hutchison rescued their great-uncle from a possible drowning in the Winnipeg River, in Pine Falls, Manitoba. The family had been enjoying an afternoon of swimming when they realized that their 86-year-old great-uncle was caught in the swift current and quickly approaching the rapids further downstream. Annie swam out to him, removed her life jacket and helped him put it on. Sarah Beth swam out to them with two life jackets in tow and helped Annie put them on their great-uncle. The trio made their way to the riverbank where Annie and Sarah Beth were able to pull the victim out.

Lieutenant-Colonel David D. Johnson, M.B. Portsmouth, Virginia and O'Fallon, Illinois, U.S.A. David Garnet Mills, M.B. North Bay, Ontario Marilyn Marion Mills, M.B. North Bay, Ontario

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

On December 29, 2009, paramedics Craig MacInnes, Patricia St. Denis and Amanda Walkowiak risked their lives to stop a man who was attacking a police officer in the parking area of an Ottawa hospital. The paramedics witnessed the altercation between the officer and the man, and ran to assist. Mr. MacInnes pulled the attacker off the victim while Ms. St. Denis grabbed the assailant's arm to get him to release his knife. Ms. Walkowiak kicked the weapon out of the man's hand, grabbed handcuffs from the wounded officer, and helped restrain the suspect until further help arrived. Sadly, the police officer did not survive.

Jacques Marcoux, M.B. Alma, Quebec Damien Simard, M.B. Chicoutimi and Alma, Quebec

On July 25, 2010, Jacques Marcoux rescued Damien Simard and his son from a possible drowning, in Metabetchouan-Lac-a-la-Croix, Quebec. Sensing danger, Mr. Simard swam out to reach his son who was caught in the strong current. He fought against the flow to try and bring the boy back to shore but was quickly exhausted. To his great relief, Mr. Marcoux swam out to them, grabbed the boy with one arm and towed Mr. Simard with the other. Struggling against the choppy waves, Mr. Marcoux successfully pulled them to safety.

John Frederick Meredith, M.B. Osoyoos, British Columbia

On March 4, 2008, John Meredith rescued a man who was trapped inside a burning vehicle, near Laredo, Texas, U.S.A. After witnessing a tractor-trailer plunge off a bridge into a ravine, Mr. Meredith stopped his vehicle and ran to help. The driver had escaped the blazing cab and was trying to get to the passenger who remained trapped inside. With the help of another passer-by, Mr. Meredith struggled to pry open the mangled side door to pull the victim out. Despite the smoke and spreading flames, they finally succeeded, and carried the injured man away just as the cab became completely engulfed.

Bernard Keetash, M.B. Mishkeegogamang, Ontario Mark Jeffrey Monture, M.B. Six Nations and Caledonia, Ontario Jeffrey W. Neekan Sr., M.B. Thunder Bay and Mishkeegogamang, Ontario

On January 26, 2008, Bernard Keetash, Mark Monture and Jeffrey Neekan rescued a 13-year-old boy from a burning house, in Mishkeegogamang, Ontario. When a fire broke out in their home, the occupants were able to evacuate all but one of their children to safety. In despair, the parents cried out to their neighbours that the boy was still inside. Messrs. Keetash, Monture and Neekan wrapped wet blankets around themselves and made their way upstairs, despite the intense heat. After locating the boy, Mr. Keetash picked him up and carried him out of the blaze. Although the victim suffered from burns and smoke inhalation, he survived, thanks to his three brave rescuers.

The decorations awarded to Messrs. Keetash and Neekan Sr. were presented to them at a previous ceremony.

Alexander Peter David Nassak, M.B. Kangirsuk, Quebec

On June 30, 2010, 15-year-old Alexander Nassak rescued a friend from a possible drowning, in Salluit, Quebec. During a seal-hunting expedition, Alexander and two friends ventured onto the ice-covered river on two all-terrain vehicles when the ice broke under them. One boy managed to pull himself out, but the ice kept breaking as Alexander and the third boy tried to climb out. Alexander finally managed to crawl up onto the ice, but his friend, weighed down by heavy clothing, struggled against the current. As the ice continued to crack beneath him, Alexander reached out, grabbed his friend by the coat and, with a strong tug, pulled him out. The boys walked towards the town, shouting for help, until they were rescued by local residents on snowmobiles.

Lee Page, M.B. Brampton, Ontario

On March 20, 2010, Lee Page rescued an elderly man from a burning vehicle, in Hamilton, Ontario. Mr. Page was driving behind the vehicle when he noticed smoke coming from the back seat. He honked his horn to alert the driver, who pulled over in a nearby parking lot. The car stalled and immediately caught fire and filled with thick, black smoke. Extreme heat and flames prevented the victim from escaping. Mr. Page managed to open the door, unbuckle the victim's seat belt and pull the confused driver out moments before the car was consumed by the fire.

Eunice Marie Selagi, M.B. Kaministiquia, Ontario Chief Warrant Officer William Thomas Walker, M.B., C.D. Ottawa, Eganville and Stittsville, Ontario

On August 1, 2011, Eunice Selagi and Chief Warrant Officer Tom Walker rescued a disabled man from a burning vehicle, near Ignace, Ontario. Mrs. Selagi had been driving the man in her van when she noticed the vehicle was overheating and pulled over to check on it. Driving behind them, Chief Warrant Officer Walker stopped to help. As flames and intense heat rose from beneath the van, he pulled open the side door, where he saw the quadriplegic victim strapped into a wheelchair. Mrs. Selagi jumped inside and unlatched the straps that secured the chair in place. Both rescuers got the chair onto the lift and lowered the ramp which, unfortunately, did not reach the ground. With the help of bystanders, Chief Warrant Officer Walker was able to lift the victim from his wheelchair and carry him a safe distance away.

Lenoard Taft, M.B. Colborne, Ontario

On July 3, 2010, Lenoard Taft rescued a suicidal woman who had jumped into a fire, in Colborne, Ontario. From his yard, Mr. Taft noticed a lot of smoke coming from his neighbour's property and went to investigate. He saw a huge pile of branches and debris on fire and a woman standing next to it. As he approached, she jumped into the blaze. Without a thought for his own safety, Mr. Taft quickly pulled her out and used his hands and sand to put out the flames. He then brought her to his house and waited for the ambulance to arrive. Thanks to his brave actions, the woman survived.

Timothy Jordy Tait, M.B. Sachigo Lake and Thunder Bay, Ontario

On October 30, 2011, Timothy Tait rescued a man from a burning house, in Mobert, Ontario. Mr. Tait noticed smoke coming from his neighbour's home and ran to help. He kicked open the front door and crawled through heavy smoke to find his neighbour on the living room floor. Mr. Tait grabbed the man and dragged him outside. Learning that the victim's children might still be inside, Mr. Tait went back in, but was unable to search all the rooms because of the intensity of the smoke and flames. Thankfully, the children were spending the night at a relative's home. The victim fully recovered from his burns.

Constable Jacques Thibeault, M.B. Kapuskasing and Rockland, Ontario

On March 22, 2011, Ontario Provincial Police Constable Jacques Thibeault rescued a woman from a burning house, in Bourget, Ontario. Responding to a call, Constable Thibeault entered the victim's smoke-filled house and made his way up the stairs to her room. He pushed open the door but was overcome by the thick, black smoke, and had to exit the house. Without concern for his own safety, Constable Thibeault re-entered the building, holding a wet cloth over his mouth and nose. Despite the limited visibility, he managed to locate the victim, who was resisting help, and bring her outside.

Andre Tremblay, M.B. La Dore, Quebec

On December 11, 2009, Andre Tremblay rescued a co-worker whose clothing had caught on fire in an industrial garage, in La Dore, Quebec. Mr. Tremblay was working in the front office when he heard an explosion occur in the garage. Without any thought for his own safety, he ran inside to find the building filled with thick, black smoke, through which he could faintly see a huge ball of fire moving at the back of the room. Thinking it may be his colleague covered in flames, Mr. Tremblay managed to pull the victim outside to a nearby snow bank where he put out the flames, saving the man's life.

Constable Regis Voyer, M.B. Amqui and Saint-Constant, Quebec

On April 26, 2010, Constable Regis Voyer, of the City of Montreal Police, prevented a suicidal man from setting himself on fire, in Montreal, Quebec. Responding to a call, Constable Voyer entered an apartment to find that a man had immersed himself in gasoline and was threatening to ignite his lighter. He had also placed two combustible canisters in the microwave, ready to explode if the machine was turned on. Without any thought for his own safety, Constable Voyer moved inside and blocked the man's access to the microwave. The Constable was able to calm the distraught man and, after more than an hour of negotiations, convinced him to surrender.

Constable Toby Whinney, M.B. Tauton, Somerset, United Kingdom and Newburgh, Ontario

On July 30, 2011 Ontario Provincial Police Constable Toby Whinney rescued two women from a burning vehicle, in Kingston, Ontario. A vehicle carrying three people was involved in an accident, causing it to flip onto its roof. Constable Whinney arrived within minutes of the incident just as fire erupted from the engine. He reached inside the car and cut the front passenger's seat belt. With another person's help, Constable Whinney pulled a woman out through the broken window. After putting out the fire momentarily, he crawled in through the broken rear window and pulled out another passenger. Sadly, the driver could not be rescued.



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

Marie-Pierre Belanger
Rideau Hall Press Office

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