Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

October 17, 2014 11:21 ET

Governor General to Present 45 Decorations for Bravery

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 17, 2014) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present 45 Medals of Bravery at a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.

Created in 1972, Decorations for Bravery 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 schedule for the presentation ceremony, a list of recipients and their citations, and a fact sheet on the Decorations for Bravery are enclosed.

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CEREMONY SCHEDULE

Members of the media are asked to observe the following schedule:

9:45 a.m.: Media start to arrive at Rideau Hall
10:30 a.m.: Ceremony begins
The Governor General speaks
The Governor General presents the Decorations for Bravery
11:45 a.m.: Interviews with recipients

RECIPIENTS

MEDAL OF BRAVERY

Mark Lucas Alexander, M.B. Fort Alexander, Man.
Clayton Joseph Beck, M.B. St. Andrews, Man.
Kent David Bissell, M.B. Yellowknife, N.W.T.
Roderick Bruce Brown, M.B. Yellowknife, N.W.T.
Mark Joseph Cameron, M.B. Hastings and Otonabee, Ont.
Timothy Allan Coulas, M.B. Combermere, Ont.
Eli Lionel Day, M.B. Lakeside, Ont. and Westlock, Alta.
Kareem Foster, M.B. Pickering, Ont. and Sydney, N.S.
Tyler Allan Fowler, M.B. Legal, Alta. and Valemount, B.C.
Matthew Lewin Grogono, M.B. London, U.K.; Halifax, N.S.; and Yellowknife, N.W.T.
Leading Seaman Neil Charles James Harper, M.B. Pointe-Claire, Que. and Eastern Passage, N.S.
Jeremy Kerr, M.B. Vancouver, B.C.
Dennis George Kerridge, M.B. (posthumous) Toronto and Hamilton, Ont.
Constable Skeeter B. Kruger, M.B. Bracebridge and Utterson, Ont.
Rachel Lacroix Pilon, M.B. Gatineau and Cantley, Que.
Gregory Robert Landon, M.B. Peterborough and Douro-Dummer, Ont.
Janelle Lanoix, M.B., Amos and Gatineau, Que.
Joey Leblanc, M.B. MacDougall Settlement, N.B.
Lonney Joseph Lee, M.B. Prince George and Maple Ridge, B.C.
Dion Christopher Lefebvre, M.B. Westlock, Alta.
Brandon L. Manion, M.B. Capreol, Ont.
Timothy Mason, M.B. St. Theresa Point First Nation, Man.
Hailey Nicole Menard, M.B. Havelock, Ont.
Heiko Mueller, M.B. Schomberg, Ont.
Mike Joseph Murphy, M.B. Yellowknife, N.W.T.
Shawn Nagurny, M.B. Sardis, B.C.
Francis Vijay Nand, M.B. Richmond, B.C. and Suva, Fiji
Haim Peri, M.B. Vancouver, B.C.
Josée Pilotte, M.B. Buckingham and Thurso, Que.
Corporal Michael E. Postlethwaite, M.B. Sydney, N.S.
Constable Mark Reast, M.B. Cochrane, Alta.
John D. Redmond, M.B. Charlottetown, P.E.I. and Vancouver, B.C.
Sergio Rodriguez Sanchez, M.B. Calgary, Alta.
Constable Sean Rogan, M.B. Windsor, Ont.
Constable Charles Sasso, M.B. Windsor, Ont.
Michael V. Sharpe, M.B. Inuvik and Hay River, N.W.T.
Allan Randal Shortt, M.B. Yellowknife, N.W.T.
Constable Stephen Lloyd Smulan, M.B. Lemberg, Sask. and Innisfil, Ont.
Constable Chris Stribopoulos, M.B. Courtice, Ont.
David Swisher, M.B. Everson, WA, U.S.A.
Blaine Switzer, M.B. Swift Current, Sask.
Jonathan Thomason, M.B. Bethune and Rush Lake, Sask.
Donovan H. Vandestadt, M.B. Owen Sound, Ont.
Gregory Van Langenhove, M.B. Waldheim, Sask.
Constable Jian Zhang, M.B. Markham, Ont.

CITATIONS

MEDAL OF BRAVERY

Mark Lucas Alexander, M.B.
Fort Alexander, Manitoba
Clayton Joseph Beck, M.B.
St. Andrews, Manitoba

On August 29, 2011, Mark Alexander and Clayton Beck rescued a man from a burning house in St. Andrews, Manitoba. Despite the intense heat and smoke, both men made their way inside the house to locate the unconscious victim and bring him safely outside.

Kent David Bissell, M.B.
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Roderick Bruce Brown, M.B.
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Matthew Lewin Grogono, M.B.
London, United Kingdom; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Mike Joseph Murphy, M.B.
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Sergio Rodriguez Sanchez, M.B.
Calgary, Alberta
Allan Randal Shortt, M.B.
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
David Swisher, M.B.
Everson, Washington, U.S.A.
Gregory Van Langenhove, M.B.
Waldheim, Saskatchewan

On September 22, 2011, Kent David Bissell, Roderick Brown, Matthew Grogono, Mike Murphy, Sergio Rodriguez Sanchez, Allan Shortt, David Swisher and Greg Van Langenhove played a vital role in the evacuation of several passengers from a float plane that had crashed in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Without any thought for their own safety, the rescuers entered the aircraft and provided assistance to the victims. Despite the heavy smoke coming from the engine, the leaking fuel, and the risk of explosion, they managed to bring the victims to safety.

Mark Joseph Cameron, M.B.
Hastings and Otonabee, Ontario
Gregory Robert Landon, M.B.
Peterborough and Douro-Dummer, Ontario
Hailey Nicole Menard, M.B.
Havelock, Ontario

On May 2, 2011, Hailey Menard and paramedics Mark Cameron and Gregory Landon rescued Hailey's younger sister whose foot became trapped in a piece of farm machinery, near Havelock, Ontario. Hailey jumped into a gutter filled with animal waste to prevent her three-year-old sister from drowning while waiting for help to arrive. After an hour of struggling in a most difficult situation which put their own health at risk, paramedics Cameron and Landon were able to loosen the conveyer's mechanism and free the child.

Douglas Harry Allen, M.B.
Bancroft, Ontario
Larry Anderson, M.B.
Bancroft, Ontario
Timothy Allan Coulas, M.B.
Combermere, Ontario
John Brian O'Donnell, M.B.
Bancroft, Ontario
Michael John O'Farrell, M.B.
Bancroft, Ontario

On March 31, 2005, Mr. Coulas and four other men rescued two women trapped in their submerged vehicle in the icy York River, in Bancroft, Ontario. After witnessing the victims' SUV plunge down an embankment and slide into the river, Mr. Coulas and another rescuer carefully made their way in a canoe to the rapidly sinking vehicle, on top of which the two victims had been pulled by the other rescuers. In spite of the swift current, Mr. Coulas helped them into the canoe and brought them to safety, one by one.

The decorations awarded to Messrs. Allen, Anderson, O'Donnell and O'Farrell were presented at a previous ceremony.

Eli Lionel Day, M.B.
Lakeside, Ontario and Westlock, Alberta
Tyler Allan Fowler, M.B.
Legal, Alberta and Valemount, British Columbia
Dion Christopher Lefebvre, M.B.
Westlock, Alberta

On April 27, 2012, Eli Day, Tyler Fowler and Dion Lefebvre pulled four people from their burning vehicles following a violent head-on collision near Wandering River, Alberta. The rescuers managed to extricate the victims despite the rapidly spreading fire. Sadly, several occupants of both vehicles did not survive.

Kareem Foster, M.B.
Pickering, Ontario and Sydney, Nova Scotia
Corporal Michael E. Postlethwaite, M.B.
Sydney, Nova Scotia

On December 15, 2011, Kareem Foster and Corporal Michael Postlethwaite rescued an elderly woman from a burning apartment in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Alerted to the fire, Mr. Foster and Corporal Postlethwaite entered through a broken window and found the elderly woman in need of assistance. After they carried her outside, Corporal Postlethwaite re-entered the building to search for other possible victims. He was forced to retreat as the smoke and flames engulfed the house.

Leading Seaman Neil Charles James Harper, M.B.
Pointe-Claire, Quebec and Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia

On September 12, 2011, Leading Seaman Neil Harper put his life at risk to stop an alarming diesel fuel leak onboard HMCS Iroquois. Leading Seaman Harper entered a confined enclosure and, using only readily available materials, deflected the high-pressure leak away from a hot engine, thus averting a significant risk of fire.

Jeremy Kerr, M.B.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Lonney Joseph Lee, M.B.
Prince George and Maple Ridge, British Columbia
Shawn Nagurny, M.B.
Sardis, British Columbia
Francis Vijay Nand, M.B.
Richmond, British Columbia and Suva, Fiji
Haim Peri, M.B.
Vancouver, British Columbia
John D. Redmond, M.B.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and Vancouver, British Columbia

On October 27, 2011, Jeremy Kerr, Lonney Lee, Shawn Nagurny, Francis Nand, Haim Peri and John Redmond evacuated six people from a burning aircraft that had crashed on a highway in Richmond, British Columbia. Ignoring the intense heat and dense smoke enveloping the aircraft, the rescuers entered the plane several times to help pull the injured passengers out.

Dennis George Kerridge, M.B. (posthumous)
Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario
David Bruce Mayo, M.B.
Tecumseh, Ontario

On August 11, 2011, Dennis Kerridge and David Mayo were instrumental in the rescue of a man who was in danger of drowning in Georgian Bay, in Penetanguishene, Ontario. Both rescuers ran into the water and struggled through huge waves and the strong current. Mr. Mayo managed to reach the victim and bring him safely to the shore. Sadly, Mr. Kerridge, who had suffered a heart attack during the rescue, collapsed on the beach and could not be revived.

The decoration awarded to the late Mr. Kerridge will be received by his daughter, Ms. Kimberly Michele Kerridge.
The decoration awarded to Mr. Mayo was presented at a previous ceremony.

Constable Skeeter B. Kruger, M.B.
Bracebridge and Utterson, Ontario

On February 11, 2011, Constable Skeeter Kruger, of the Ontario Provincial Police, rescued a man in danger of drowning in the Muskoka River, in Bracebridge, Ontario. Constable Kruger crawled onto the thin ice to reach the victim, pulled him out of the water and, with the help of others, brought him safely to shore.

Rachel Lacroix Pilon, M.B.,
Gatineau and Cantley, Quebec
Janelle Lanoix, M.B.,
Amos and Gatineau, Quebec
Josée Pilotte, M.B.,
Buckingham and Thurso, Quebec

On April 19, 2011, Rachel Lacroix Pilon and teachers Janelle Lanoix and Josée Pilotte risked their lives to protect their primary school students from an armed intruder, in Buckingham, Quebec. The three women responded calmly and quickly to the threat. They prevented the man from gaining access to the classrooms and successfully defused a volatile situation. The police were then able to apprehend the suspect without incident.

Joey Leblanc, M.B.
MacDougall Settlement, New Brunswick

On February 2, 2013, Joey Leblanc rescued a woman from a burning vehicle, in Cocagne, New Brunswick. Despite the intense smoke and flames surrounding the car, Mr. Leblanc managed to pull the victim out through a rear window and bring her to safety.

Brandon L. Manion, M.B.
Capreol, Ontario

On June 26, 2011, 13-year-old Brandon Manion attempted to rescue a friend in danger of drowning in the Vermillion River, in Capreol, Ontario. Sadly, the young victim was swept away by the surging waters and disappeared under the surface, despite Brandon's best efforts to save him.

Timothy Mason, M.B.
St. Theresa Point First Nation, Manitoba

On January 16, 2011, then-Band Constable Timothy Mason rescued two children from a burning house, in the First Nations community of St. Theresa Point, Manitoba. Sadly, despite Constable Mason's valiant efforts, one of the children did not survive.

Robert J. Bronson, M.B.
Mississauga, Ontario
Heiko Mueller, M.B.
Schomberg, Ontario

On November 4, 2011, paramedics Robert Bronson and Heiko Mueller assisted a police officer in restraining a violent aggressor in Toronto, Ontario. The officer was trying to conduct an arrest when the agitated suspect reached for the policeman's loaded weapon. Messrs. Bronson and Mueller held the man until other police officers arrived at the scene.

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

Constable Mark Reast, M.B.
Cochrane, Alberta

On September 14, 2011, Calgary Police Constable Mark Reast rescued two women from a burning house, in Calgary, Alberta. While guiding the victims towards an exit, Constable Reast became disoriented. Despite the thick smoke, he was able to feel his way along the wall to find the door and managed to get them all out to safety.

Constable Sean Rogan, M.B.
Windsor, Ontario
Constable Charles Sasso, M.B.
Windsor, Ontario

On September 16, 2011, constables Sean Rogan and Charles Sasso rescued an injured man from a burning vehicle in Windsor, Ontario. The accident left the vehicle on its side, with the driver dangling from a precarious position. Messrs. Rogan and Sasso reached into the damaged car and removed the driver through the sunroof.

Michael V. Sharpe, M.B.
Inuvik and Hay River, Northwest Territories

On September 29, 2009, Michael Sharpe rescued a man from a burning fuel truck, which had overturned on a highway in northern Alberta. Mr. Sharpe rushed through the smoke and flames to reach the damaged vehicle and managed to pull the injured driver to safety just moments before the truck was completely engulfed.

Constable Stephen Lloyd Smulan, M.B.
Lemberg, Saskatchewan and Innisfil, Ontario

On August 12, 2010, off-duty RCMP Constable Stephen Smulan evacuated seven people from a burning house in La Ronge, Saskatchewan. Despite the thick smoke and flames, Constable Smulan remained inside the house and ensured that all the occupants escaped the rapidly spreading fire.

Constable Chris Stribopoulos, M.B.
Courtice, Ontario
Constable Jian Zhang, M.B.
Markham, Ontario

On December 30, 2011, constables Chris Stribopoulos and Jian Zhang rescued a man from a burning vehicle in Toronto, Ontario. Despite the intensifying fire, they forcefully broke the driver's side window, reached inside the vehicle and pulled the trapped victim out to safety.

Blaine Switzer, M.B.
Swift Current, Saskatchewan
Jonathan Thomason, M.B.
Bethune and Rush Lake, Saskatchewan
Anthony Williams, M.B. (posthumous)
Burlington, North Carolina, U.S.A.

On October 11, 2011, Blaine Switzer, Jonathan Thomason and Anthony Williams rescued an injured woman from a burning vehicle, near Rush Lake, Saskatchewan. The men managed to bend the damaged door frame to pull the unconscious passenger out before the vehicle became completely engulfed. Sadly, despite their efforts, neither the driver nor the passenger survived.

The decoration awarded to the late Mr. Williams will be presented at a later date.

Donovan H. Vandestadt, M.B.
Owen Sound, Ontario

On February 21, 2011, Donovan Vandestadt helped a colleague escape from her violent employer, in Georgian Bluffs, Ontario. Mr. Vandestadt ran to help the woman break free from the armed man's grasp, but was wounded by the outraged aggressor, who fired several shots at him. Thanks to Mr. Vandestadt, who managed to get away from the attacker and inform the police, the woman escaped unharmed.

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.

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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