Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

November 26, 2010 16:18 ET

Presentation of a Medal of Bravery

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2010) - On behalf of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff, presented the Medal of Bravery to the family of the late Leading Seaman Robert T. Binder, in Toronto, Ontario, on November 26, 2010.

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

Master Corporal David King and Able Seaman Jaret A. McQueen are also being recognized for the event for which Leading Seaman Robert T. Binder received the Medal of Bravery. Master Corporal King received his insignia at Rideau Hall on October 22, 2010; the insignia awarded to Able Seaman Jaret A. McQueen will be presented to him at a later date.

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