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