Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

April 20, 2011 09:46 ET

Governor General Announces the Awarding of a Decoration for Bravery

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 20, 2011) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced today the awarding of a Medal of Bravery (M.B.) to the late Mr. Norman Anderson. This medal recognizes acts of bravery performed in hazardous circumstances.

The family of the recipient will be invited to receive the decoration awarded to Mr. Anderson at a ceremony to be held at a later date.

Norman Anderson, M.B. (posthumous)
Trenton, Ontario
Medal of Bravery

On April 11, 2009, Norman Anderson lost his life trying to stop a moving vehicle, the driver of which was having a heart attack, in Havelock, Ontario. Wanting to make sure his relative, who had been feeling ill, got home safely, Mr. Anderson followed him home. Before long, the man's vehicle slowed down and veered to the side of the road. Mr. Anderson stopped his car and rushed to check on the victim, who seemed to be suffering from chest pains. As Mr. Anderson reached inside to turn off the ignition, the victim lost consciousness and his foot pressed down on the gas pedal. The car accelerated, dragging Mr. Anderson along with it, before swerving onto the road, causing him to fall and hit his head on the pavement. The out-of-control car finally came to a stop after hitting the bumper of an SUV. Sadly, neither Mr. Anderson nor the victim survived.

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 and on the recipients of these awards, please visit www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=73.

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