Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

October 20, 2010 11:47 ET

Governor General to Present 53 Decorations for Bravery

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 20, 2010) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present three Stars of Courage and 50 Medals of Bravery at a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday, October 22, 2010, 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.


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 Bravery Decorations
11:45 a.m.: Media interviews with recipients



Casey Marie Peirce, S.C. Calgary, Alta.
Alexander Bruce Scott, S.C. Saint-John, N.B.
Sergeant Bryant Wood, S.C., M.B. Port Hope, Ont.


Sergeant Brian John Ayers, M.B. Victoria, B.C.
Jimmy Victor Beardy, M.B. Thompson, Man.
Steve Blake, M.B. Jasper, Alta.
Ryan Sterling Burry, M.B. St. John's, N.L.
David H. R. Byrd, M.B. Belleville, Ont.
Michael D. Byrd, M.B. Belleville, Ont.
Deborah Anne Chiborak, M.B. Winnipeg, Man.
Elaine Dare, M.B. Port Loring, Ont.
Dean R. DeJoseph, M.B. Windsor, Ont.
Robert Edward Dorie, M.B. Long Creek, N.B.
Shane Michael Doucette, M.B. Red Deer, Alta.
Frédéric Dufresne, M.B. Trois-Rivières, Que.
Robin Fabiani, M.B. Montréal, Que.
Kimberly Friesen, M.B. Quesnel, B.C.
Constable Michael Verney Gallant, M.B. Windsor, Ont.
Constable Lionel Girault, M.B. Montréal, Que.
Norbert Hébert, M.B. Lacolle, Que.
Sergeant Michael Hamilton Johnston, M.B. Victoria, B.C.
Master Corporal David King, M.B., C.D. Victoria, B.C.
Doug Knill, M.B. Scotland, Ont.
Constable Phillip Kolody, M.B. Windsor, Ont.
Shawn Joseph Lahey, M.B. St. John's, N.L.
Sergeant Patrick Lalonde, M.B. Montréal, Que.
Leading Seaman Roxanne Anneke Lalonde, M.B. (posthumous) Merrickville, Ont.
Sergeant Roger C. Lane, M.B. Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L.
Samantha-Joe Larose, M.B. Noëlville, Ont.
Bruce Lavallee, M.B. Alban, Ont.
Guy Lavoie, M.B. Saint-Narcisse-de-Rimouski, Que.
Paul Linklater, M.B. Thompson, Man.
Gillian Irene MacAulay, M.B. Trenton, N.S.
Chris MacLeod, M.B. Sydney, N.S.
Thomas Manuel, M.B. Fort Good Hope, N.W.T.
Sylvain Marcoux, M.B. Montréal, Que.
Guillaume Massé, M.B. La Minerve, Que.
Constable Jean Milliard, M.B. Montréal, Que.
Donald Morrison, M.B. Dutch Valley, N.B.
Marc Patterson, M.B. Kamloops, B.C.
Michaël Perreault Giroux, M.B. Rivière-Rouge, Que.
Stuart Pringle, M.B. Chesterville, Ont.
Private Gabriel Proulx, M.B. Belleville, Ont.
Hady Quan, M.B. (posthumous) Vancouver, B.C.
Francis Quevillon, M.B. Laval, Que.
Constable Sean Ralph, M.B. Ottawa, Ont.
Constable Dale George Sleightholme, M.B. Victoria, B.C.
Constable Paul Allan Spencelayh, M.B. Victoria, B.C.
Constable Cal Traversy, M.B. Delta, B.C.
Constable Clifford John Watson, M.B. Victoria, B.C.
Daniel White, M.B. Paris, Ont.
Andrea Wiznuk, M.B. Nanaimo, B.C.
Sergeant Bryant Wood, S.C., M.B. Port Hope, Ont.



Casey Marie Peirce, S.C., Calgary, Alberta

Star of Courage

On July 26, 2008, Casey Peirce rescued a man and woman whose canoe had overturned during a sudden storm, at Spray Lakes, Alberta. While cycling with her family, Ms. Peirce heard cries and noticed the victims in the middle of the lake desperately hanging onto their partially submerged canoe. Ms. Peirce jumped in and swam out to the victims. Although her fingers were already numb from the cold water, she grabbed a rope that was attached to the canoe, wrapped it around her wrist, and started to tow the canoe and the victims towards the shore, nearly a kilometre away. Exhausted but determined, Ms. Peirce dragged them for some 45 minutes to bring them closer to shore where others helped pull the hypothermic victims out of the water.

Alexander Bruce Scott, S.C., Saint John, New Brunswick

Star of Courage

On February 27, 2008, Alexander Scott rescued a suicidal man from a possible drowning, in Saint John, New Brunswick. Walking along the boardwalk at the harbour, Mr. Scott noticed a man in the water in distress. Without hesitation, he jumped into the ice-filled waters and swam out to reach him. Mr. Scott grabbed the victim in a secure hold and towed the man through the large chunks of ice towards the harbour wall. Nearing their destination, the victim began to panic and pulled his rescuer under water. Mr. Scott broke free and again grabbed the now unconscious victim, bringing him closer to the wall. Although Mr. Scott was beginning to feel the numbing effects of hypothermia, he refused to let go of the victim. With his one free hand, he grabbed onto a rescue line thrown to him, and they were both pulled to safety. Sadly, the victim did not survive.

Sergeant Bryant Wood, S.C., M.B., Port Hope, Ontario

Star of Courage

On September 9, 2007, Sergeant Bryant Wood, of the Port Hope Police Service, rescued a woman from a burning house, in Port Hope, Ontario. Dispatched to the scene, Sergeant Wood and a colleague found the main entrance engulfed in flames and a secondary door blocked from the inside. They opened a window, and through the thick, black smoke, they pulled a man and two women to safety. Another woman remained inside, unwilling to exit until she found her cat. As the fire quickly worsened, Sergeant Wood climbed inside to search for her. Fearing that the second floor could collapse at any moment, he searched through the apartment and finally located the victim in a bedroom. He grabbed the resisting woman and brought her to a window, where his colleague helped pull them both out.

Sergeant Wood is also receiving a Medal of Bravery for a separate incident.


Sergeant Brian John Ayers, M.B., Victoria, British Columbia

Sergeant Michael Hamilton Johnston, M.B., Victoria, British Columbia

Constable Clifford John Watson, M.B., Victoria, British Columbia

Medal of Bravery

On February 3, 2007, Victoria police sergeants John Ayers and Michael Johnston, and Constable Clifford Watson, risked their lives to stop a car thief from escaping a roadblock, in Victoria, British Columbia. Advised that the thief had already broken through a blockade a few streets away, the three officers set up a second roadblock using their police vehicles. Officers warned passersby to get out of the way as the thief drove his vehicle onto the sidewalk. The officers exposed themselves to great danger by keeping their positions, while the driver of the stolen vehicle deliberately attempted to run them over. Having no other means of stopping him, the officers opened fire on the thief to ensure the safety of the public.

Jimmy Victor Beardy, M.B., Thompson, Manitoba

Paul Linklater, M.B., Thompson, Manitoba

Medal of Bravery

On December 18, 2004, Jimmy Beardy and Paul Linklater rescued two children from a burning house, in Thompson, Manitoba. Arriving at the scene, Mr. Linklater kicked open the door and felt his way through the smoke-filled house to find the occupants, but was forced back out to get air. Joined by Mr. Beardy, Mr. Linklater then ran upstairs, yelling loudly to wake the sleeping family of five. The rescuers located two of the children and rushed them outside. Two of the other residents made their own way outside to safety, while the last boy was rescued by firefighters.

Steve Blake, M.B., Jasper, Alberta

Dale Brady, M.B., Valemount, British Columbia

Medal of Bravery

On June 8, 2008, pilot Dale Brady and search and rescue technician Steve Blake rescued two climbers who had been missing for nearly three weeks, on Mount Robson, British Columbia. Despite challenging flying conditions related to the high elevation and winds, Mr. Brady angled the helicopter towards the mountain to allow Mr. Blake to reach the climbers. Severe winds caused the helicopter to drop several feet, making the rescue nearly impossible; however, dangling from his precarious position, Mr. Blake managed to secure the victims into the rescue sling. Mr. Brady then landed the helicopter at a location where the victims could be transferred to an ambulance.

Mr. Brady will receive his insignia at a later date.

Ryan Sterling Burry, M.B., St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Medal of Bravery

On January 6, 2008, Ryan Burry rescued his aunt and her three-year-old daughter after their snowmobile had broken through the ice, in Boyd's Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador. During an excursion in the harbour, Mr. Burry, in the lead machine, turned to check on his aunt and cousin just as their vehicle began to sink. He rushed to the scene and crawled to the edge of the ice. He reached for the child and brought her to safety, then raced back to his aunt, who was clinging to the edge, weighed down by her waterlogged clothing. Mr. Burry pulled her up onto the ice, and drove her and the child to safety.

David H. R. Byrd, M.B., Belleville, Ontario

Michael D. Byrd, M.B., Belleville, Ontario

Private Gabriel Proulx, M.B., Belleville, Ontario

Medal of Bravery

On June 8, 2008, David Byrd, Michael Byrd and Private Gabriel Proulx rescued three people from a burning vehicle, near Napanee, Ontario. After witnessing an accident that caused one of the vehicles to immediately burst into flames, they hurried to the vehicle and pulled a teenage boy through the car's back passenger window. As the interior became fully engulfed in flames, the rescuers then hauled a woman to safety. Battling the heat, flames and smoke, they finally extracted the driver just as the gas tank ignited. Sadly, the driver succumbed to his injuries a few weeks later.

Gerard Beernaerts, M.B., Winnipeg, Manitoba

Deborah Anne Chiborak, M.B., Winnipeg, Manitoba

Medal of Bravery

On April 17, 2007, Deborah Chiborak and bus driver Gerard Beernaerts rescued an elderly woman who was pinned beneath her motorized scooter in the path of an oncoming train, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Witnessing the scene, Ms. Chiborak and Mr. Beernaerts lifted the scooter off the victim, grabbed her around the waist and pulled her from the tracks, seconds before the train arrived. While the victim was unharmed, Ms. Chiborak suffered back injuries during the rescue.

Mr. Beernaerts received his insignia at a previous ceremony.

Elaine Dare, M.B., Port Loring, Ontario

Medal of Bravery

On February 29, 2008, Elaine Dare rescued two people whose snowmobiles had broken through the ice of Lake Restoule, Ontario. During an excursion, the snowmobilers had lost sight of the marked trail in the dark and snowy conditions, when two of the riders ended up half-submerged in the freezing water. With her friends gripping the edge of the ice to stay afloat, Mrs. Dare immediately drove off to get help. She followed a set of distant lights towards a house, where she obtained a rope and then raced back to her friends. Standing on the slippery, unsafe ice, Mrs. Dare threw the rope to the victims until she succeeded in pulling them both to safety. They were then brought to a nearby building, where they waited until an ambulance arrived.

Dean R. DeJoseph, M.B., Windsor, Ontario

Medal of Bravery

On December 3, 2007, Dean DeJoseph helped several people escape their burning house, in Windsor, Ontario. Driving by the residence, Mr. DeJoseph noticed smoke billowing from the back of the house. He ran to the scene, where several people advised him that others were still inside. Mr. DeJoseph went in through the front door, located one woman and escorted her outside. He then grabbed a fire extinguisher and sprayed the flames in the kitchen, retreating several times to get some fresh air. As the fire services arrived, all the other occupants had safely escaped.

Robert Edward Dorie, M.B., Long Creek, New Brunswick

Medal of Bravery

On July 23, 2006, Robert Dorie risked his life to capture an armed robber, in Sussex, New Brunswick. Mr. Dorie had noticed several people running frantically out of a pub and ran to the scene. He was confronted by an individual wearing a disguise and wielding a shotgun. The suspect ordered Mr. Dorie to move away, which he did. From a distance, Mr. Dorie looked back and saw the suspect fleeing on a bicycle. Mr. Dorie ran to his vehicle and pursued the suspect, sideswiping the bicycle. He then jumped out of his car and, after a brief struggle, subdued the suspect until police arrived.

Shane Michael Doucette, M.B., Red Deer, Alberta

Medal of Bravery

On August 18, 2008, Shane Doucette rescued a co-worker from a methane gas well, in Clive, Alberta. After completing paperwork, Mr. Doucette came out of his office and saw that the hatch to one of the tanks was open, yet there was no sign of his colleague. He quickly climbed up the ladder on the tank and saw the victim floating face down inside. Mr. Doucette shut off the valves controlling the gas flow and shouted out for help. He held his breath and jumped down through the hatch into the confined space full of toxic gas. He grabbed the victim, flipped him onto his back and pulled him to the ladder. Mr. Doucette climbed out to take several deep breaths, then went back inside, put the victim onto his shoulder and carried him to the opening where others helped pull them out. Mr. Doucette then performed CPR until the man was revived.

Frédéric Dufresne, M.B., Trois-Rivières, Quebec

Medal of Bravery

On August 1, 2005, Frédéric Dufresne risked his life to prevent a young boy from being hit by an oncoming truck, in Sainte-Monique, Quebec. Mr. Dufresne and his Scout troop were at a roadside rest stop when they noticed a three-year-old boy running towards the roadway, with his father trying to catch him from behind. As Mr. Dufresne joined the chase, the boy ran directly into the path of a transport truck filled with logs. Mr. Dufresne sprinted and tackled the boy, rolling with him until they cleared the road, just as the truck whizzed by.

Robin Fabiani, M.B., Montréal, Quebec

Medal of Bravery

On June 9, 2008, Robin Fabiani rescued a man from a possible drowning during a scuba diving incident, off the island of San Salvador, in the Bahamas. The diver was having difficulty breathing and was unable to reach the surface on his own. Mr. Fabiani, who was the diving master during this excursion, noticed the struggling man and immediately dove from the boat to reach his side. He grabbed the panicked victim who kept trying to pull him under. With great difficulty, Mr. Fabiani succeeded in bringing him back to the boat some 13 metres away, where others helped pull the now-unconscious man aboard. The victim was revived and taken to the hospital.

Kimberly Friesen, M.B., Quesnel, British Columbia

Medal of Bravery

On May 23, 2007, Kimberly Friesen rescued a boy from a possible drowning, in Quesnel, British Columbia. The boy, who had been cycling with his family along the Quesnel Riverfront Trail, had missed a turn and ended up in the water. Mrs. Friesen was rollerblading nearby when she heard the child's mother call out for help. Although not a strong swimmer, Mrs. Friesen took off her skates and, without hesitation, jumped into the freezing waters of the swollen river. Battling against the strong current, she reached the unconscious victim and pulled him to shore, where others helped to resuscitate him.

Constable Michael Verney Gallant, M.B., Windsor, Ontario

Constable Phillip Kolody, M.B., Windsor, Ontario

Medal of Bravery

On June 17, 2008, constables Michael Gallant and Phillip Kolody, of the Windsor Police Service, rescued four people from a burning house, in Windsor, Ontario. On patrol in the area, the constables noticed the fire. Once inside the dwelling, they located and woke the victims. The constables evacuated the family, and returned inside to search for other possible individuals trapped inside. In spite of the flames, the intense heat and the thick black smoke they ensured that no one else was inside, before evacuating nearby homes.

Constable Lionel Girault, M.B., Montréal, Quebec

Sergeant Patrick Lalonde, M.B., Montréal, Quebec

Constable Jean Milliard, M.B., Montréal, Quebec

Medal of Bravery

On July 12, 2001, Montréal police Sergeant Patrick Lalonde and constables Lionel Girault and Jean Milliard risked their lives to apprehend an armed bank robber, in Montréal, Quebec. Hearing over their radios that a police officer had been shot at a nearby bank, the constables rushed towards the area. A bystander alerted them that the armed suspect was trying to get away in a taxi across the street. In separate vehicles, the three constables followed him and blocked his escape. The suspect ran to another taxi and held a gun to the driver's head. The officers approached cautiously from different directions, shouting at the suspect who refused to throw down his weapon. Fearing for the taxi driver's life, they fired several shots at the suspect, wounding him in the shoulder; he dropped his weapon and gave himself up.

Norbert Hébert, M.B., Lacolle, Quebec

Medal of Bravery

On November 11, 2007, Norbert Hébert rescued a teenage girl who was trapped inside a burning mobile home, in Lacolle, Quebec. Alerted to the fire, he ran to assist and was advised that the girl was still in her bedroom, unable to open the window. He broke the window and tried in vain to pull the unconscious girl out. Others then arrived with a ladder, which allowed Mr. Hébert to enter the room, pick the girl up, and pass her to waiting hands outside.

Leading Seaman Robert T. Binder, M.B., (deceased) Toronto, Ontario

Master Corporal David King, M.B., C.D., Victoria, British Columbia

Able Seaman Jaret A. McQueen, M.B., Hamilton, Ontario

Medal of Bravery

On August 14, 2008, Leading Seaman Robert Binder, Master Corporal David King and Able Seaman Jaret McQueen rescued a man from a submerged vehicle, in Esquimalt, British Columbia. Upon hearing the crash of the vehicle—which was then propelled into the waters of Lang Cove, at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt—Leading Seaman Binder and Master Corporal King entered the murky waters to reach the vehicle. After repeated efforts, they extracted the unconscious man from the vehicle, brought him back to shore and began CPR. Master Corporal King and Able Seaman McQueen dived numerous times to the vehicle to search for other possible victims. Only once the vehicle was pulled out of the water did they find a deceased woman inside. 

The decoration awarded to Leading Seaman Binder will be received by his family at a later date.

Able Seaman McQueen will receive his insignia at a later date.

Doug Knill, M.B., Scotland, Ontario

Samantha-Joe Larose, M.B., Noëlville, Ontario

Bruce Lavallee, M.B., Alban, Ontario

Daniel White, M.B., Paris, Ontario

Medal of Bravery

On February 2, 2008, Samantha-Joe Larose, Doug Knill, Bruce Lavallee and Daniel White rescued a man after his snowmobile had gone through the ice on Lake Nipissing, Ontario. Ms. Larose and a friend were returning from an ice-fishing trip when they lost sight of the marked trail and ended up in open water. Ms. Larose climbed back onto solid ice, but fell in three more times trying to pull her friend out. Although numbed by the cold, she managed to get out again and waved down Messrs. Knill, Lavallee and White. Working as a team, the men made their way to the hole and pulled the victim onto thicker ice. They then drove the man and Ms. Larose to a nearby house to wait for an ambulance.

Shawn Joseph Lahey, M.B., St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Medal of Bravery

On January 3, 2006, correctional officer Shawn Lahey rescued a colleague who was being attacked by an inmate, in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. The victim had been working in the segregation area when a prisoner jumped on him and held a shank to his neck. The victim grabbed onto the prisoner's arm and called out to Mr. Lahey who immediately ran to his colleague's aid. Mr. Lahey fought off the prisoner and quickly gained control of the struggling man. For several minutes, he and the victim then held the man down until other officers arrived to contain the situation.

Leading Seaman Roxanne Anneke Lalonde, M.B. (posthumous)

Merrickville, Ontario

Medal of Bravery

On April 21, 2007, Naval Reservist Leading Seaman Roxanne Lalonde lost her life when she attempted to rescue a 15-year-old boy from the fast-flowing waters of the Rideau River, in Merrickville, Ontario. Upon arriving at the base of a dam, Leading Seaman Lalonde was advised that the boy was probably caught in the falls under it. Without hesitation, she jumped in the icy waters to search for him, but was suddenly caught up by the strong undertow and pulled towards the middle of the river. Others on shore tried to throw a lifeline to her, but the strong current quickly carried her downstream. Sadly, neither the boy nor Leading Seaman Lalonde survived.

The decoration awarded to Leading Seaman Lalonde will be received by her mother, Mrs. Riemke Bles.

Sergeant Roger C. Lane, M.B., Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador

Medal of Bravery

On September 23, 2007, Sergeant Roger Lane, then master corporal, apprehended two men who had robbed a grocery store, in Edmonton, Alberta. Sergeant Lane was entering the store when he noticed a man wearing a disguise running towards him and realized that a robbery had just taken place. He caught the suspect, wrestled him to the ground, removed the gun from the suspect's waistband and threw it out of reach. While other shoppers assisted in restraining the robber, Sergeant Lane grabbed a second suspect who was running away. As the man struggled to free himself, he sprayed tear gas in Sergeant Lane's face. Although temporarily blinded, Sergeant Lane managed to subdue him and held onto him until the police arrived minutes later.

Guy Lavoie, M.B., Saint-Narcisse-de-Rimouski, Quebec

Medal of Bravery

On July 4, 2008, Guy Lavoie rescued an injured woman who was trapped inside a burning vehicle, in Rimouski, Quebec. A tractor-trailer had rammed into several vehicles, which were stopped at a construction zone on the road. The impact sent two cars flying into the ditch and caused others to catch on fire. Witness to the accident, Mr. Lavoie rushed to check on the drivers and emptied two fire extinguishers on the flames, which, unfortunately, kept growing in intensity. He then went to one of the burning vehicles to help a woman who was severely injured. Although the heat and flames were intense, Mr. Lavoie reached in through the door, unhooked the seat belt and pulled the woman out. The tires exploded due to the heat, sending debris flying out as Mr. Lavoie picked the victim up and brought her a safe distance away, thus saving her life.

Gillian Irene MacAulay, M.B., Trenton, Nova Scotia

Medal of Bravery

On August 10, 2007, Gillian MacAulay rescued two girls from a possible drowning at Melmerby Beach, in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. One of the teenagers had been swimming in waist-deep water, when she was suddenly caught in a strong undertow and pulled out to sea. Ms. MacAulay heard the girl's cries and, without hesitation, swam out to her. She grabbed the girl and fought against the pounding waves to bring her to shore. Ms. MacAulay then went back in to assist the other panicking young girl who struggled in the water, bringing her to safety.

Chris MacLeod, M.B., Sydney, Nova Scotia

Medal of Bravery

On January 24, 2008, Chris MacLeod rescued a boy who had fallen through the ice of Crane Cove, in Eskasoni, Nova Scotia. Alerted to the incident, Mr. MacLeod immediately ran to the scene. Wading through the freezing and rapidly deepening water, Mr. MacLeod broke the ice with his fists until he finally reached the young boy, who was starting to sink. He managed to get the boy up onto his shoulders and to bring him safely to shore where others helped them both out of the water.

Thomas Manuel, M.B., Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories

Medal of Bravery

On July 16, 2007, Thomas Manuel was severely injured while protecting his family from an intruder, in Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories. The aggressor entered the home and started firing a rifle at members of the household, who then ran into the master bedroom. Mr. Manuel was shot in the neck and stomach when he tried to stop the invader. He quickly retreated to the bedroom, blocked the door with a large chest, and made a rope out of bedsheets and shirts to escape through a window. Once his wife and three grandchildren were safely on the ground, Mr. Manuel climbed down and ran to the side of the house to distract the attacker. The aggressor ran up to Mr. Manuel, shot him in the face, fled, and was later apprehended by the RCMP.

Sylvain Marcoux, M.B., Montréal, Quebec

Medal of Bravery

On October 16, 2007, Sylvain Marcoux placed himself at considerable risk to come to the aid of a man who was being attacked by a thief, in Montréal, Quebec. Mr. Marcoux had entered a convenience store when he heard the clerk yelling and signalling with blood-stained hands towards a room at the back of the building. He followed the sounds of a scuffle and found two blood-covered men fighting in a back room. Mr. Marcoux pushed the victim away and jumped on the attacker, knocking a knife and a broken bottle from his grasp. He was able to restrain the man until police arrived.

Guillaume Massé, M.B., La Minerve, Quebec

Medal of Bravery

On September 13, 2007, Guillaume Massé rescued a woman who was trapped inside a submerged vehicle, in La Minerve, Quebec. After witnessing the out-of-control car crash into the lake, Mr. Massé swam out to the fast-sinking vehicle. Unable to open the door, he reached in through the partially opened window. With dwindling air reserves, Mr. Massé struggled to undo the victim's seat belt, pulled her out, and brought her to the surface. Completely exhausted, he pushed the woman towards the shore. He then drove her to his house nearby, where he called for an ambulance.

Donald Morrison, M.B., Dutch Valley, New Brunswick

Medal of Bravery

On May 24, 2008, Donald Morrison rescued an injured pilot after their helicopter crashed in a remote location near Norman Wells, in the Northwest Territories. After the impact, Mr. Morrison, who was in the front passenger seat, managed to kick out the windscreen and jumped out into the burning fuel that covered the ground. Despite the heat and flames, he reached into the smoke-filled wreckage and removed the pilot. He dragged her to safety just moments before the flames engulfed the whole aircraft, making it impossible to rescue the back-seat passenger. Another helicopter soon arrived and brought the survivors to a medical centre, where they were treated for their injuries.

Marc Patterson, M.B., Kamloops, British Columbia

Medal of Bravery

On August 1, 2007, Marc Patterson wrestled a cougar that had attacked a 12-year-old boy during a camping trip, near Clinton, British Columbia. The youth had been walking alone, a few metres from the cabin, when a cougar jumped on him. Mr. Patterson ran to the child's aid, kicked the cat numerous times, and strangled it until it released the wounded boy. The rescuer then proceeded to tackle the cougar before it slithered out of his grip and turned on him. Unperturbed, Mr. Patterson once again confronted the animal, which eventually retreated. The boy was then airlifted to a hospital, where he was treated for his injuries.

Michaël Perreault Giroux, M.B., Rivière-Rouge, Quebec

Medal of Bravery

On July 12, 2008, Michaël Perreault Giroux tried in vain to rescue his 16-year-old brother, who disappeared in the treacherous waters of the Rivière Rouge, in L'Annonciation, Quebec. The brothers had been playing with a boomerang in the river when the younger one became trapped in quicksand and sank deep below the water. Believing that his brother had been dragged further down the river, Mr. Perreault Giroux immediately swam out to reach him, but soon became caught in the dangerous current. For several minutes, he fought to keep from being pulled under while his lungs filled with water. Exhausted and nearly unconscious, Mr. Perreault Giroux was placed on an air mattress by a witness and was brought safely to shore. Others searched in vain for his brother who, sadly, did not survive.

Stuart Pringle, M.B., Chesterville, Ontario

Medal of Bravery

On July 19, 2005, Stuart Pringle rescued an elderly woman who was trapped in a burning basement, in Chesterville, Ontario. A container of gas had spilled onto the basement floor, and the resulting fumes made contact with the pilot light of the furnace and ignited. Mr. Pringle, who lives a few houses away, noticed black smoke coming from the house, and ran to assist. Looking down the basement stairs through the door, he saw a huge ball of fire. He doused the flames using a garden hose, before making his way downstairs. Impaired by the dark, heavy smoke, he had difficulty locating the victim. When he finally found her, he brought the badly burned woman to safety. Sadly, the victim did not survive.

Hady Quan, M.B. (posthumous), Vancouver, British Columbia

Medal of Bravery

On December 28, 2007, 30-year-old Hady Quan lost his life when he attempted to rescue a man who was struggling in the strong ocean currents, in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Mr. Quan and his girlfriend were enjoying a leisurely swim when they heard the victim calling out for help a short distance away. As they approached the man, they discovered that there was a powerful undertow and that they would need help bringing the victim to safety. Mr. Quan continued towards the man, while his girlfriend struggled to make her way to shore to get help. Rescuers managed to bring the unconscious victim to shore, where they tried, in vain, to revive him. Sadly, in the meantime, Mr. Quan was carried away by the current and drowned.

The decoration awarded to Mr. Quan will be received by his brother, Mr. Hani Quan.

Francis Quevillon, M.B., Laval, Quebec

Medal of Bravery

On October 28, 2007, Francis Quevillon risked his life to disarm an emotionally disturbed woman who intended to harm a baby in his care, in Pierrefonds, Quebec. Mr. Quevillon and his girlfriend were babysitting for friends when an enraged woman forced her way into the house and pointed a gun and a hunting knife at the couple, demanding the baby. Mr. Quevillon confronted the woman and tried to disarm her, while his girlfriend called the police. After a violent struggle during which he was wounded, Mr. Quevillon was able to retrieve the weapons and prevent the woman from escaping before the police arrived.

Constable Sean Ralph, M.B., Ottawa, Ontario

Constable Alain Rochette, M.B., Ottawa, Ontario

Medal of Bravery

On December 8, 2005, Ottawa police constables Sean Ralph and Alain Rochette risked their lives in an effort to rescue a woman who was being stabbed by a man armed with a hunting knife, in Ottawa, Ontario. When the officers arrived, the attacker grabbed the victim, dragged her inside her basement apartment and locked the door. After numerous attempts to break down the heavy door, the constables succeeded in kicking out a small opening at the bottom of it. Uncertain of what they would encounter on the other side, they crawled into the dark apartment. They spotted the aggressor, who finally responded to the officers' commands and surrendered his weapon. Sadly, the victim did not survive.

Constable Rochette will receive his insignia at a later date.

Constable Dale George Sleightholme, M.B., Victoria, British Columbia

Constable Paul Allan Spencelayh, M.B., Victoria, British Columbia

Medal of Bravery

On July 24, 2007, Victoria police constables Dale Sleightholme and Paul Spencelayh rescued a suicidal man from the freezing waters of the Pacific Ocean, in Victoria, British Columbia. The constables scaled down a 13-metre cliff and jumped into the cold water. Fighting to stay afloat in the waves and strong current, they swam out 10 metres to reach the victim's side. Expecting the individual to resist, the officers carefully approached and circled the man before bringing him to shore.

Constable Cal Traversy, M.B., Delta, British Columbia

Medal of Bravery

On September 12, 2008, Constable Cal Traversy, an off-duty police officer, rescued four people from a burning house, in Delta, British Columbia. Hearing a loud explosion from a neighbour's house, Constable Traversy hurried to the scene, pushed open the front door and found a boy in the smoke-filled house, whom he quickly brought to safety. Despite experiencing extreme breathing difficulty, Constable Traversy went back inside the house and, from the second floor, escorted two family members outside. Unable to return to the second floor, he yelled to the young woman remaining upstairs to escape through the window and was able to catch her after she jumped. Then, wrapping a jacket around his face, he crawled back inside the house one final time to ensure that no one else was trapped inside. 

Andrea Wiznuk, M.B., Nanaimo, British Columbia

Medal of Bravery

On August 14, 2006, Andrea Wiznuk rescued a woman who was trapped inside a burning vehicle, near Enderby, British Columbia. Despite warnings from other passersby to move away in case the vehicle exploded, Ms. Wiznuk ran to assist and, even through the thick black smoke, she managed to open the driver's door. Unmindful of the flames coming up through the dashboard, Ms. Wiznuk unhooked the unconscious victim's seat belt and pulled her out. As the vehicle became engulfed in flames, Ms. Wiznuk managed to drag the victim to a safe distance until the ambulance arrived. Thankfully, the woman survived.

Sergeant Bryant Wood, S.C., M.B., Port Hope, Ontario

Medal of Bravery

On September 8, 2006, Sergeant Bryant Wood, of the Port Hope Police Service, rescued an eight-year-old boy from a burning house, in Port Hope, Ontario. Arriving at the scene, Sergeant Wood saw heavy smoke billowing from the home and spotted an unconscious man lying inside the doorway. Sergeant Wood helped bring the man outside, where others were able to revive him. Suddenly, the family dog ran into the house, with a young boy chasing after it. Without concern for his own safety, Sergeant Wood ran into the smoke-filled house, located the boy and his dog in the living room, and carried them outside to safety. 

Sergeant Wood is also receiving a Star of Courage for a separate incident.



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.


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

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