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