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Governor General to Present 46 Decorations for Bravery

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 21, 2012) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present 3 Stars of Courage and 43 Medals of Bravery at a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday, February 24, 2012, at 10:30 a.m.

The Decorations for Bravery were created in 1972, to 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.



CEREMONY SCHEDULE

Members of the media are asked to observe the following schedule:
9:45 a.m.: Media arrive at Rideau Hall
10:30 a.m.: Ceremony begins
The Governor General speaks
The Governor General presents the Decorations for Bravery
12 p.m.: Interviews with recipients



RECIPIENTS

STAR OF COURAGE



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Constable David Edgar, S.C. Barrie, Ont.
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Constable Clayton Speers, S.C. Stayner, Ont.
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Kenneth Franklin Lehman, S.C. Espanola, Ont.
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MEDAL OF BRAVERY



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Paul George Akehurst, M.B. Ottawa, Ont.
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Constable Andrew Curtis Ashton, Morinville and Fort McMurray, Alta.
M.B.
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Michel Berube, M.B. La Tuque, Que.
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Corporal Joseph Leandre Mickael Magog and Quebec, Que.
Couture, M.B.
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Constable Scott Dargie, M.B. Oshawa, Ont.
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Steve Degrace, M.B. Beresford, N.B.
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Leading Seaman David J. S. Denman, Shearwater, N.S.
M.B.
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Constable Karen Mary Desaulniers, Ottawa, Ont.
M.B.
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Constable Patrick Duerden, M.B. Oakville and Milton, Ont.
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Chief Warrant Officer Anthony Eric Bonne-Esperance, Que. and
Fequet, M.B., C.D. (Retired) Amherstview, Ont.
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Sergeant Lorraine Fequet, M.B., Ottawa and Amherstview, Ont.
C.D.
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Constable Avery Curt Flanagan, M.B. Ottawa, Ont.
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Warrant Officer Marc Joseph Fortin, Notre-Dame-d'Hebertville and
M.B., C.D. (Retired) Gatineau, Que.
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Monique Gagnon, M.B. Petit-Rocher, N.B.
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Kevin Gooding, M.B. Stoney Creek, Ont.
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Donald George Gough, M.B. Summerland, B.C.
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Jewel James, M.B. Kirkland Lake and Swastika, Ont.
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Bernard Keetash, M.B. Mishkeegogamang, Ont.
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Richard Kelly, M.B. (Posthumous) Oshawa, Ont.
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Lana Mae Krieser, M.B. Brandon, Man.
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Jonathan Yvan Leblond, M.B. Embrun, Ont.
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Constable George J. MacNeil, M.B. Kenora, Ont.
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William Edward Lance Matthews, M.B. Mansfield, Ont.
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Constable Kris Miclash, M.B. Kenora, Ont.
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Ross P. Moore, M.B. Dwight, Ont.
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Tina Maryann Moores, M.B. Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L.
(Posthumous)
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Jeffrey W. Neekan Sr., M.B. Thunder Bay, Ont.
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Peter Nesbeth, M.B. Ottawa, Ont.
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Constable Allen George Percival, Ottawa, Ont.
M.B.
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Sergeant John K. Potts, M.B. Hastings and Larder Lake, Ont.
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Lindsy Richardson, M.B. Ottawa, Ont.
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Madden Sarver, M.B. 100 Mile House, B.C.
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Major Ryan Denis Smid, M.B., C.D. Edmonton, Alta.
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Elaine Kathryne Spray, M.B. Lundar, Man.
(Posthumous)
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Jakki Spray, M.B. Lundar, Man.
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Constable Michelle L. Stinson, M.B. La Ronge, Sask. and Kirkland Lake,
Ont.
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Chance William Gene Stewart, M.B. Vancouver, B.C.
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Colleen Taylor, M.B. Ottawa, Ont.
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Frank William Taylor, M.B. Ladysmith, B.C.
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Kevin Thomas, M.B. Oshawa, Ont.
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Philbert Truong, M.B. (Posthumous) Victoria, B.C.
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Constable Christopher C. Wells, Wetaskiwin, Alta.
M.B.
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Ian Joseph Wheeler, M.B., C.D. St. John's, N.L.
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CITATIONS

STAR OF COURAGE



Constable David Edgar, S.C.
Barrie, Ontario
Constable Clayton Speers, S.C.
Stayner, Ontario
Star of Courage



On July 5, 2009, constables David Edgar and Clayton Speers, of the Barrie Police Service, risked their lives in the line of duty, in Barrie, Ontario. The constables were escorting a distressed male when he struck Constable Speers in the neck area with a knife. Constable Edgar quickly stepped forward to help but the agitated man stabbed him in the neck as well. Despite their wounds, the officers shot at the assailant as he ran down the street towards a shopping area, waving his knife as he fled. Bleeding profusely from his wound, Constable Edgar followed the suspect who would not heed the commands to drop his weapon. Fearing for the safety of the public, the officer was forced to shoot, fatally wounding the assailant. Both officers were later transported to a hospital where they were treated for their life-threatening injuries.



Kenneth Franklin Lehman, S.C.
Espanola, Ontario
Star of Courage



On March 22, 2009, Kenneth Lehman risked his life to rescue a man from an apartment fire, in Espanola, Ontario. Mr. Lehman was driving by the building when he noticed the fire. He pushed in the back door, only to be met by intense heat and thick, black smoke. Crawling, he felt his way around until he found an unconscious victim. Suddenly, an explosion went off in the apartment, forcing Mr. Lehman to quickly move the man out into the hallway. He then pulled the fire alarm and opened the main door to let others in to help evacuate other tenants. Although the victim suffered severe burns, he survived, thanks to Mr. Lehman's courageous efforts that day.

MEDAL OF BRAVERY



Paul George Akehurst, M.B
Ottawa, Ontario
Constable Karen Mary Desaulniers, M.B.
Ottawa, Ontario
Chief Warrant Officer Anthony Eric Fequet, M.B., C.D. (Retired)
Bonne-Esperance, Quebec and Amherstview, Ontario
Sergeant Lorraine Fequet, M.B., C.D.
Ottawa and Amherstview, Ontario
Constable Avery Curt Flanagan, M.B.
Ottawa, Ontario
Warrant Officer Marc Joseph Fortin, M.B., C.D. (Retired)
Notre-Dame-d'Hebertville and Gatineau, Quebec
Constable Allen George Percival, M.B.
Ottawa, Ontario
Major Ryan Denis Smid, M.B., C.D.
Edmonton, Alberta
Medal of Bravery



On October 12, 2007, a minivan swerved off the road and plunged into the Rideau Canal, in Ottawa, Ontario. Witnesses to the accident, Lorraine and Tony Fequet jumped into the water to reach the driver, without any thought for their own safety. Through the partially opened window, Mrs. Fequet held the driver's head up out of the water just as Messrs. Akehurst, Fortin and Smid jumped in the canal to assist. While Messrs. Fortin and Smid tried repeatedly to break the vehicle's window, Mr. Akehurst reached in and unbuckled the man's seat belt. Constables Desaulniers, Flanagan and Percival then arrived on the scene, grabbed the seat cushion from their cruiser, and swam out to the van. They opened the door and, with help from the other rescuers, brought the driver to shore using the cruiser seat as a flotation device. Sadly, the driver did not survive.



Constable Andrew Curtis Ashton, M.B.
Morinville and Fort McMurray, Alberta
Constable Christopher C. Wells, M.B.
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
Medal of Bravery



On December 25, 2007, RCMP Constable Andrew Ashton and Constable Christopher Wells, of the Louis Bull Police Service, rescued a woman from a burning house, in Hobbema, Alberta. Responding to a distress call concerning a suicidal woman, the police constables noticed smoke escaping through the soffits of her residence. Constable Ashton kicked open the door and entered, but was forced out by a wall of smoke and intense heat. With the help of other police officers, they smashed the windows on the main floor as flames rapidly engulfed the interior. Constable Ashton again crawled through the front door and made his way upstairs while Constable Wells climbed through one of the second-floor windows. They located the unconscious victim and passed her through the window to the other officers waiting outside. The woman survived, in great part, thanks to the perseverance displayed by the constables that day.



Michel Berube, M.B.
La Tuque, Quebec
Medal of Bravery



On March 29, 2009, Michel Berube rescued his older brother whose snowmobile had broken through the ice on the St-Maurice River, in the Haute-Mauricie region of Quebec. Mr. Berube and his brother had been riding on separate machines when the older man travelled onto thinner ice and fell in. As he tried to save his brother, Mr. Berube, too, fell into the deep water. He managed to calm his frantic brother enough so that he could push him up onto solid ice before pulling himself out. He dragged his brother, who had become unresponsive, up the river bank. Over the next few hours, Mr. Berube worked relentlessly to keep his brother warm; he was able to bring him to a cottage in the forest, where he called for help.



Corporal Joseph Leandre Mickael Couture, M.B.
Magog and Quebec, Quebec
Medal of Bravery



On September 13, 2009, Corporal Mickael Couture voluntarily risked his life to rescue the injured driver of a burning vehicle, in Afghanistan. The military vehicle was carrying ammunition at the time it was hit by an improvised explosive device. Once the dust from the explosion had settled, four of the passengers escaped and ran for shelter. Corporal Couture, who had been in another vehicle, heard that the driver was still inside the burning wreckage. Without a thought for his own safety, he ran to the vehicle, dodging ammunition as it fired off in all directions from within the truck. He quickly located the driver, pulled him out, and dragged him a safe distance away. Even after he realized that the driver had died from the ordeal, Corporal Couture chose to stay with the body, shielding it behind a wall, out of the path of flying projectiles.



Constable Scott Dargie, M.B.
Oshawa, Ontario
Richard Kelly, M.B. (Posthumous)
Oshawa, Ontario
Kevin Thomas, M.B.
Oshawa, Ontario
Medal of Bravery



On November 29, 2008, Richard Kelly, Constable Scott Dargie and Kevin Thomas risked their lives in an effort to restrain a violent man, in Oshawa, Ontario. An armed intruder had entered Mr. Kelly's house and attacked his wife and his two youngest sons. Mr. Kelly was stabbed several times as he tried to keep the man away from the other members of the family in the house. Despite his wounds, Mr. Kelly managed to grab the knife away from the attacker and throw it into the basement. He then stumbled outside, where he fell to the ground. Constable Dargie then arrived at the scene and was confronted by the attacker, who came at him with a hammer. Constable Dargie drew his gun and ordered the man to drop his weapon; but the deranged man ran inside another house and threatened to strike its elderly occupant. Constable Dargie followed him and fired two shots, successfully disabling the assailant. The constable then dragged the struggling man outside, where, with the help of Mr. Thomas, he was restrained. Sadly, the ordeal cost the lives of Mr. Kelly, his wife and one of their sons.

The decoration awarded to the late Mr. Kelly will be received by his sons, Messrs. Brandon Kelly and Riley Kelly.



Steve Degrace, M.B.
Beresford, New Brunswick
Monique Gagnon, M.B.
Petit-Rocher, New Brunswick
Medal of Bravery



On September 18, 2009, Steve Degrace and Monique Gagnon rescued a man from a burning house, in St. Margarets, New Brunswick. The victim had attempted to extinguish a fire which had started in the kitchen, but the flames quickly spread to other rooms in the house. Upon noticing the smoke, Mr. Degrace and Ms. Gagnon ran to the house. Mr. Degrace twice entered the house but could not find anyone. Then he and Ms. Gagnon entered a third time and found a man in the kitchen. Flames were shooting out through the windows and thick, black smoke filled the house. As they grabbed the agitated victim and pulled him toward the exit, the man fell; with great difficulty, they were able to drag him outside. Sadly, the victim did not survive.



Lieutenant(N) Andre D. Bard, M.B.
Esquimalt, British Columbia
Leading Seaman David J. S. Denman, M.B.
Shearwater, Nova Scotia
Medal of Bravery



On September 23, 2009, while working as a dive team, Lieutenant Andre Bard and Leading Seaman David Denman risked their lives to search for possible live ammunition in a pond, in Stewiacke, Nova Scotia. An unknown number of grenades had been thrown into a large pond. One of the explosives had malfunctioned and was in an extremely dangerous state. Using a metal mine detector in the murky water, the dive team searched the bottom of the pond, where they found the unexploded grenade buried deep in the mud. The device was carried a safe distance away and detonated. Lieutenant Bard and Leading Seaman Denman continued their thorough search of the pond, finding and removing other weapon fragments.

The decoration awarded to Lieutenant(N) Bard will be presented at a later date.



Constable Patrick Duerden, M.B.
Oakville and Milton, Ontario
Medal of Bravery



On August 8, 2006, Constable Patrick Duerden, of the Toronto Police Service, entered a burning house in the city's west end to rescue its elderly occupant. Upon arrival at the scene, Constable Duerden could see that the house was filled with smoke. He ran inside through the back door, but was quickly forced out by the intense smoke. He re-entered the dwelling and, despite the limited visibility, located the victim who was unconscious in a hallway near where the fire was blazing. Feeling his way towards the back door, Constable Duerden dragged the severely burned woman outside just as the fire department arrived. Sadly, the woman did not survive.



Kevin Gooding, M.B.
Stoney Creek, Ontario
Medal of Bravery



On November 21, 2008, Kevin Gooding placed himself at considerable risk to rescue a man from a burning vehicle, in Hamilton, Ontario. Mr. Gooding noticed an out-of control vehicle hit a guard rail and spin across the highway. The impact caused the vehicle to burst into flames. As flames poured out through the shattered back window, Mr. Gooding ran to the vehicle where he frantically pulled and kicked at the damaged front passenger door. Thick, black smoke filled the inside as the flames spread behind the driver's seat, setting the victim's hair and coat on fire. Mr. Gooding succeeded in opening the door and unbuckling the victim's seatbelt. After dragging the man out of the vehicle, Mr. Gooding put out the flames on the victim and then helped him walk a safe distance away.



Donald George Gough, M.B.
Summerland, British Columbia
Medal of Bravery



On May 23, 2007, Donald Gough rescued an elderly man from a possible drowning in the Similkameen River, in Manning Park, British Columbia. The victim had lost control of his vehicle, which landed upside down in the middle of the river. The car suddenly flipped upright and became lodged on some rocks, allowing the victim to crawl out of his broken window and lean on the edge of the car door. Mr. Gough arrived and quickly took charge of the situation by directing other witnesses to different sections of the riverbank to keep the victim in sight. He drove back to his nearby office and returned with four lengths of fire hose tied together. Tying one end around his waist, Mr. Gough proceeded into the freezing water and, with great difficulty in the strong current, made his way to the barely conscious victim. Mr. Gough tied the hose around the victim's chest, and called out to the others on shore to pull them in. In the end, Mr. Gough let go of the hose and allowed himself and the victim to be carried downstream, where they made it to shore. The hypothermic victim survived the ordeal.



Jewel James, M.B.
Kirkland Lake and Swastika, Ontario
Sergeant John K. Potts, M.B.
Hastings and Larder Lake, Ontario
Constable Michelle L. Stinson, M.B.
La Ronge, Saskatchewan and Kirkland Lake, Ontario
Medal of Bravery



On October 23, 2008, Jewel James, Sergeant John Potts and Constable Michelle Stinson of the Ontario Provincial Police entered a burning house to rescue an elderly couple, in Larder Lake, Ontario. Sergeant Potts and Constable Stinson, who were not on duty, were driving by when they noticed smoke escaping from the eaves of a house. They ran up to the house just as Ms. James arrived to assist. They made their way into the kitchen, where they found a woman who was unaware of the fire. Constable Stinson and Ms. James escorted the woman outside while Sergeant Potts located a man sleeping in one of the bedrooms. Sergeant Potts brought the man outside, through flames that had now spread through the main entrance. He re-entered the house one last time to check for other residents, while Constable Stinson and Ms. James stood guard at the door to keep the frantic couple from re-entering the house. Within a minute of Sergeant Potts' exiting, the house was completely engulfed.



Bernard Keetash, M.B.
Mishkeegogamang, Ontario
Mark Montour, M.B.
Mishkeegogamang, Ontario
Jeffrey W. Neekan Sr., M.B.
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Medal of Bravery



On January 26, 2008, Bernard Keetash, Mark Montour 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, Montour 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 decoration awarded to Mr. Montour will be presented at a later date.



Lana Mae Krieser, M.B.
Brandon, Manitoba
Medal of Bravery



On June 8, 2009, Lana Krieser rescued an 11-year-old boy who was electrocuted during a school trip, in Clear Lake, Manitoba. While hiking on a trail, the boy and his friend noticed an orange glow coming from a bush. After finding a dead deer, the boys were preparing to leave when the victim slipped on the wet grass, fell to the ground and came in contact with a live hydro wire. His friend ran to get Ms. Krieser, who rushed to the scene to find the boy in convulsions and a small brush fire burning close by. Without any concern for her own safety, Ms. Krieser approached the boy and tried to move him, electrocuting herself in the process. She stepped back for a moment, then grabbed onto the boy's clothing and managed to pull him several feet away until help arrived. Despite knowing the risks involved in moving the victim while he was still in contact with the power line, Ms. Krieser's actions saved the boy's life.



Christian Leblond, M.B.
Quebec, Quebec
Jonathan Yvan Leblond, M.B.
Embrun, Ontario
Medal of Bravery



On July 22, 2008, brothers Jonathan and Christian Leblond risked their lives to help care for their mother who had been shot by her ex-boyfriend, in Ottawa, Ontario. Following a dispute that ended their relationship, the man returned to the house during the night and shot the woman. Without regard for their own safety, Jonathan and Christian ran into the room to help their mother while the intoxicated attacker stood nearby with the gun still in his hand. Sixteen-year-old Jonathan kept his calm and ordered the assailant to call 911 while he tried to stop the bleeding. During this time, 13-year-old Christian ran to get their neighbour and then continued to apply pressure to his mother's wound. Jonathan and Christian demonstrated exceptional bravery in coming to their mother's aid, who survived the ordeal.

The decoration awarded to Mr. Christian Leblond will be presented at a later date.



Constable George J. MacNeil, M.B.
Kenora, Ontario
Constable Kris Miclash, M.B.
Kenora, Ontario
Medal of Bravery



On May 4, 2007, constables George MacNeil and Kris Miclash, of the Treaty Three Police, risked their lives to apprehend an armed man, in Grassy Narrows First Nation, Ontario. The officers had confronted a man who had been firing a .223-calibre pump-action rifle. Constables MacNeil and Miclash took cover behind their vehicle, while yelling at the attacker to drop his weapon. Without any concern for the bystanders, the inebriated suspect kept approaching the officers and shot twice at them. During the intense confrontation, the officers, fearing for their lives and for the safety of onlookers, shot at the man, causing him to fall and drop his rifle. The constables then secured the weapon and restrained the injured gunman until an ambulance arrived.



William Edward Lance Matthews, M.B.
Mansfield, Ontario
Medal of Bravery



On March 16, 2009, Lance Matthews rescued an elderly woman from a burning house, in Mulmer Township, Ontario. When Mr. Matthews noticed smoke coming from a neighbour's house, he called 911 and drove to the scene. Upon arrival, he saw the raging fire and broke down the locked door with a tool to gain access inside. Through the thick, black smoke, he found the unconscious woman halfway up the stairs. He picked up her up and carried the badly burned victim a safe distance from the house. He then tried to re-enter the house to rescue the woman's disabled husband, but was unable to do so because of the blaze. Sadly, neither victim survived.



Ross P. Moore, M.B.
Dwight, Ontario
Medal of Bravery



On March 15, 2007, Ross Moore rescued a man whose snowmobile had broken through the thin ice of the Oxtongue River, in Dwight, Ontario. From his home, Mr. Moore heard a cry for help and quickly made his way to the river. A young man was clinging to the edge of the ice and fighting the strong current. Without any hesitation, Mr. Moore crouched down onto the ice and approached the victim. He removed his sweatshirt and extended one of its sleeves to the man. The ice was cracking all around them as Mr. Moore pulled the man out. He walked the hypothermic victim back to his home until help arrived.



Brian Dean Fowlow, M.B.
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador
Dennis William Robert Fowlow, M.B.
Buchans, Newfoundland and Labrador
Tina Maryann Moores, M.B. (Posthumous)
Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador
Sharon Rose Sparkes, M.B.
Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador
Medal of Bravery



On August 15, 2009, Brian Fowlow, Dennis Fowlow, Tina Moores and her sister, Sharon Sparkes, were instrumental in the rescue of a little girl from a possible drowning in an area known as Little Sandy, near Buchans, Newfoundland and Labrador. The child had been playing with a friend in the water, when she slipped off a sandbank and fell into deeper water. The older girl alerted Mrs. Moores, who immediately ran into the lake and swam out to the victim. Upon reaching her, Mrs. Moores held the girl's head above water and struggled to stay afloat. Ms. Sparkes swam out to them, grabbed the girl and started to make her way back against the strong current. At the same time, Dennis and Brian Fowlow swam out to help, reaching the pair just as others arrived by boat and were able to pull the unconscious girl onboard to begin CPR. The girl was finally revived, but sadly, Mrs. Moores disappeared beneath the surface of the water.

The decoration awarded to the late Mrs. Moores will be received by her husband, Mr. Dale Wilson Moores. The decorations awarded to Messrs. Brian Fowlow and Dennis Fowlow were presented at a previous ceremony. The decoration awarded to Ms. Sparkes will be presented at a later date.



Peter Nesbeth, M.B.
Ottawa, Ontario
Lindsy Richardson, M.B.
Ottawa, Ontario
Medal of Bravery



On September 25, 2008, OC Transpo special constables Peter Nesbeth and Lindsy Richardson pulled an elderly man from a burning vehicle, in Ottawa, Ontario. The confused man had been driving his vehicle in a bus lane by mistake, when he crashed against a tree, causing the motor to catch fire. When the constables arrived on the scene, Mr. Nesbeth tried unsuccessfully to gain entry through the passenger side while Mr. Richardson pulled open the driver's door. They managed to pull the driver free just as flames reached the interior of the vehicle. The rescuers then dragged the victim to a safe location as the fire was spreading into the surrounding trees.



Madden Sarver, M.B.
100 Mile House, British Columbia
Medal of Bravery



On January 30, 2009, Madden Sarver rescued his severely injured brother after their helicopter had crashed in a remote mountainous area near Grande Cache, Alberta. The brothers had run into bad weather and could not maintain course. Mr. Sarver pulled his brother out of the wreckage and brought him a safe distance away. He then collected all the survival gear and clothing to keep his brother warm. Mr. Sarver set up a makeshift shelter, gathered wood, and built a fire. He then trekked several kilometres through deep snow to a logging road, where a search helicopter, unable to reach the crash site, had landed. Seventeen hours after the crash, Mr. Sarver led paramedics to the victim, who was then carried to the awaiting helicopter. Thanks to Mr. Sarver's determination, the victim survived.



Elaine Kathryne Spray, M.B. (Posthumous)
Lundar, Manitoba
Jakki Spray, M.B.
Lundar, Manitoba
Medal of Bravery



On September 8, 2009, Elaine Spray and her daughter, Jakki, rescued Jakki's three children from their burning bungalow, near the Interlake community of Deerhorn, Manitoba. Early that morning, Jakki and her mother were awakened by a fire in the living room. Unable to reach the bedroom where two of her daughters were sleeping, Jakki returned to her own room, broke out the window and gently dropped her two-year-old daughter to the ground below. Jakki then crawled out, placed her daughter in her vehicle and ran back to the house. Meanwhile, her mother, Elaine, had successfully rescued the six-year-old, but collapsed from the thick, black smoke before she could reach her eldest granddaughter. Jakki climbed through the broken window and retrieved her unconscious daughter. Unable to lift her mother outside, Jakki then drove to a neighbour's house for help. Sadly, Elaine Spray succumbed to smoke inhalation and did not survive.

The decoration awarded to the late Mrs. Elaine Spray will be received by her granddaughters, Miss Jo-Lene Spray and Miss Danielle Loewen.



Chance William Gene Stewart, M.B.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Medal of Bravery



On December 30, 2008, Chance Stewart risked his life to rescue his sister, who had fallen down a steep mountain slope into the frozen waters of Rice Lake, in the District of North Vancouver, British Columbia. Mr. Stewart, his sister and a friend had stopped at a canyon along the Baden-Powell hiking trail when his sister lost her footing and tumbled down the canyon wall. She struck her head on a rock and then broke through the ice, into the frigid lake. She managed to hang on to a rock in the water while Mr. Stewart, fearing he could not safely negotiate the precipitous descent, telephoned for help. When he saw his sister suddenly lose her grip and get carried away by the current, he slid down the slope and entered the water. He successfully dragged his sister out onto shore and tried to keep her warm while their friend ran to a nearby house and called for an ambulance. It took over 90 minutes for rescuers to reach them and pull the victim up the embankment. She was then brought to a hospital where she was treated for her injuries.



Colleen Taylor, M.B.
Ottawa, Ontario
Medal of Bravery



On November 28, 2008, Colleen Taylor risked her life to rescue a woman from a possible drowning, in Jiulia Lake, in Carp, Ontario. The woman had been walking her dog when it ran out to chase a goose and fell into the freezing water, several metres from shore. The woman tried to rescue her dog, but she, too, broke through the ice. Ms. Taylor was driving by when she saw the woman struggling to get out of the water. Moving carefully across the thin ice until she was only a few metres from the victim, Ms. Taylor threw one end of a dog leash to the woman, who grabbed on tightly. Ms. Taylor got down on her stomach and, with great determination, pulled the victim out and brought her to shore.



Frank William Taylor, M.B.
Ladysmith, British Columbia
Medal of Bravery



On July 22, 2008, Frank Taylor rescued his neighbour who was trapped inside his house engulfed in flames, in Chemainus, British Columbia. After hearing an explosion, Mr. Taylor ran onto the porch and saw the badly burnt victim trying to pull himself out through a window. Mr. Taylor grabbed the man under the armpits and pulled him backwards, out onto the porch. With the help of his father-in-law, Mr. Taylor then kicked down the railings of the deck and brought the victim into the yard. With damaged, live power lines dangling above them, Mr. Taylor was able to bring the man a safe distance away.



Philbert Truong, M.B. (Posthumous)
Victoria, British Columbia
Medal of Bravery



On July 19, 2008, 20-year-old Phil Truong lost his life trying to protect a friend during an altercation outside a night club, in Victoria, British Columbia. During the evening, a man unknown to them engaged in a brief verbal dispute with Mr. Truong's friend. After the club had closed, the same man, accompanied by an accomplice carrying a gun, confronted Mr. Truong's friend. A brief altercation ensued, during which the gunman drew his weapon. Mr. Truong moved in front of his friend to protect him and was shot in the chest; he died instantly.

The decoration awarded to the late Mr. Truong will be received by his father, Mr. Lap Trung Truong.



Ian Joseph Wheeler, M.B., C.D.
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Medal of Bravery



On March 9, 2009, civilian search and rescue technician Ian Wheeler saved the only surviving victim of a helicopter crash off the coast of Newfoundland. The helicopter, carrying18 passengers and crew, was en route to an oil platform when it crashed into the Atlantic, leaving the lone survivor severely injured. The man was falling in and out of consciousness as he floated in a field of debris. Mr. Wheeler was lowered from a rescue helicopter and fought two-metre-high waves and the wind action from the rotor blades to reach the victim. The rescue basket was lowered to them, and after many attempts, Mr. Wheeler was able to place the injured man inside. Mr. Wheeler remained un-tethered during the lift as he tended to the hypothermic victim, ensuring he was safe and well secured.

FACT SHEET ON THE DECORATIONS FOR BRAVERY

BACKGROUND

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.
TheStar of Courage (S.C.) recognizes acts of conspicuous courage in
circumstances of great peril.
TheMedal 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/document.aspx?id=73.

 

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