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.
FACT SHEET ON THE DECORATIONS FOR BRAVERY
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.
ELIGIBILITY AND NOMINATION
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 www.gg.ca/honours.
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