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Decorations for Bravery Ceremony

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February 2, 2010

Governor General to present 47 Decorations for Bravery

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will present one Star of Courage and 46 Medals of Bravery at a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on
Thursday, February 4, 2010, at 10:30 a.m
.

The Bravery Decorations 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 Bravery Decorations are enclosed.

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Media Information
Annabelle Cloutier
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-993-2569
acloutier@gg.ca
www.gg.ca

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

RECIPIENTS

STAR OF COURAGE

Petty Officer 2nd Class Drew D. Dazzo, S.C.

Elizabeth City, North Carolina, U.S.A.

MEDALS OF BRAVERY

Ryan Cecil Atwin, M.B.

Oromocto, N.B.

Provincial Constable Daniel Bailey, M.B.

Fort Frances, Ont.

Mark Barnard, M.B.

Regina, Sask.

Jerrica Lynn Bartlett, M.B.

St. Stephen, N.B.

Captain Denis Beaulieu, M.B.

Bushell Park, Sask.

Gerard Beernaerts, M.B.

Winnipeg, Man.

Gary Victor Brown, M.B.

Bella Coola, B.C.

Benjamin Loren Correos, M.B. (posthumous)

Whitehorse, Y.T.

Constable Aaron Courtney, M.B.

Abbotsford, B.C.

Constable Frédéric Couture, M.B.

Montréal, Que.

Michael Cruz, M.B.

Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Master Corporal Jonas Denechezhe, M.B.

Lac Brochet, Man.

Robert Joseph Kyle Donelle, M.B.

Fredericton, N.B.

Kimpton Gagnon-Després, M.B.

Whitehorse, Y.T.

Evan John Michael Green, M.B.

Oromocto, N.B.

Robert Hardy, M.B.

Conception Bay South, N.L.

Shaun Harper, M.B.

West Vancouver, B.C.

Michel Harvey, M.B.

Saint-Constant, Que.

Raphaël Harvey Bérard, M.B.

Saint-Constant, Que.

Andrew Douglas Hilderman, M.B.

Regina, Sask.

Gerry Kuczek, M.B.

Winnipeg, Man.

Wayne Kuczek, M.B.

Winnipeg, Man.

Michael David Landry, M.B.

Regina, Sask.

Constable Martin Langlois, M.B.

Montréal, Que.

Nicholas Levi Francis Lannigan, M.B.

Oromocto, N.B.

G. Gregory Lawlor, M.B.

Conception Bay South, N.L.

Scott Lee Joseph Moody, M.B. (deceased)

Bella Coola, B.C.

RCMP Corporal James Allan Munro, M.B.

Dauphin, Man.

Provincial Constable Gino Nolet, M.B.

Hearst, Ont.

Provincial Constable James D. Orser, M.B.

Campbellford, Ont.

Harry Prymak, M.B.

St. Clements, Man.

Daniel Reynolds, M.B.

Hamilton, Ont.

Robert Ringuette, M.B.

Hearst, Ont.

Kelsey Jessica Roy, M.B.

Carleton Place, Ont.

Sharanjit (Shawn) Sangha, M.B.

Abbotsford, B.C.

Tanya Silveira, M.B.

Vancouver, B.C.

Cody Brian Sloot, M.B.

Castlegar, B.C.

Provincial Constable Bruce A. Thompson, M.B.

Campbellford, Ont.

Tony Niels Tingskou, M.B.

Surrey, B.C.

Clifford Tssessaze, M.B.

Lac Brochet, Man.

David Glenn Virgoe, M.B. (posthumous)

Angus, Ont.

Provincial Constable Darrell Wagner, M.B.

Pembroke, Ont.

Tanya Lee Waldriff, M.B.

Arnstein, Ont.

Robert A. Walker, M.B.

Dundas, Ont.

Caroline Young, M.B.

Conception Bay South, N.L.

Constable Kevin Wade Zeh, M.B.

Calgary, Alta.

CITATIONS

STAR OF COURAGE

Petty Officer 2nd Class Drew D. Dazzo, S.C., Elizabeth City, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Star of Courage

 On May 7, 2007, Petty Officer 2nd Class Drew Dazzo, of the American Coast Guard, rescued an Ottawa man and two other crew members after their sailboat capsized during a storm near the North Carolina coast, in the United States. The victims were desperately hanging on to their damaged life raft in 20-metre-high waves, when Petty Officer 2nd Class Dazzo was lowered by a cable from a helicopter to help each of them into a rescue basket. He sustained a back injury during the first descent when he was violently tossed by a large wave. Petty Officer 2nd Class Dazzo displayed a very high degree of courage, determination and endurance during the rescue, which was performed in extreme weather and perilous sea conditions.

MEDALS OF BRAVERY

Ryan Cecil Atwin, M.B., Oromocto, New Brunswick
Michael Anthony Cruz, M.B., Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Robert Joseph Kyle Donelle, M.B., Fredericton, New Brunswick
Evan John Michael Green, M.B., Oromocto, New Brunswick
Nicholas Levi Francis Lannigan, M.B., Oromocto, New Brunswick
Medal of Bravery

On July 30, 2007, Ryan Atwin, Michael Cruz, Robert Donelle, Evan Green and Nick Lannigan rescued a disabled man who was trapped in his burning apartment, in Oromocto, New Brunswick. After kicking the door open, they made their way to the badly burned victim, but were forced back by the intense heat. In spite of the imminent danger, the rescuers rushed back into the apartment, which was filled with spreading flames and dense smoke. They pulled the man out to safety, seconds before oxygen tanks inside the house exploded. Sadly, the victim died from his injuries.

Provincial Constable of the OPP Daniel William Bailey, M.B., Fort Frances, Ontario
Medal of Bravery

On August 1, 2006, off-duty Constable Dan Bailey of the Ontario Provincial Police rescued two women who were trapped inside an overturned, burning vehicle following an accident in Elgin, Ontario. Constable Bailey heard the crash and ran to the car to find the two women trapped by their seat belts. Despite the intensifying flames and extreme heat, Constable Bailey managed to cut both seat belts, remove the driver, and carry her to a safer location. He then returned to the vehicle to find that the passenger’s arm was pinned to the ground under the vehicle. While others rocked the car, Constable Bailey was able to free the woman. Constable Bailey suffered burns to his arms and face. Sadly, the driver did not survive.

Mark Barnard, M.B., Regina, Saskatchewan
Andrew Douglas Hilderman, M.B., Regina, Saskatchewan
Michael David Landry, M.B., Regina, Saskatchewan
Medal of Bravery

On July 22, 2007, Mark Barnard, Andrew Hilderman and Michael Landry rescued a woman from a burning vehicle, in Spallumcheen, British Columbia. The out-of-control vehicle had flipped into a ditch and caught fire. The passenger escaped but the driver remained trapped inside the wreck. While witnesses attempted to smother the flames, Mr. Barnard tried, in vain, to unlatch the woman’s seat belt. Meanwhile, Mr. Landry obtained a knife, crawled inside the car and cut the victim’s seat belt. The three rescuers then grabbed the driver and pulled her to safety, moments before the vehicle’s gas tank exploded.

Jerrica Lynn Bartlett, M.B., St. Stephen, New Brunswick
Medal of Bravery

On August 4, 2007, 11-year-old Jerrica Bartlett rescued her great-granduncle from drowning in Grand Manan, New Brunswick. Accidentally hitting the throttle instead of the brake on his ATV, the 85-year-old man found himself in the water, trapped under his vehicle. Jerrica jumped in to assist him, keeping his head above the surface. Struggling to stay afloat, Jerrica towed him towards the edge of the pond until she was able to touch the bottom. Others then arrived to assist them both out of the water.

Captain Denis Beaulieu, M.B., Bushell Park, Saskatchewan
Medal of Bravery

On May 12, 2007, Captain Denis Beaulieu, then 2nd lieutenant, rescued a man from a possible drowning, in Cold Lake, Alberta. The victim had gone fishing when his boat suddenly broke apart, sending him into the freezing waters some 300 metres from shore. Alerted to the victim’s predicament, Captain Beaulieu ran into the lake and swam out to the victim. Reaching the panic-stricken victim’s side, Captain Beaulieu grabbed him by his life jacket and encouraged him to swim towards the shore. Suffering from hypothermia, it took them nearly 35 minutes to make it to safety, where others assisted them out of the water.

Gerard Beernaerts, M.B., Winnipeg, Manitoba
Deborah Ann 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.
Mrs. Chiborak is unable to attend the ceremony.

Gary Victor Brown, M.B., Bella Coola, British Columbia
Scott Lee Joseph Moody, M.B. (deceased) Bella Coola, British Columbia
Medal of Bravery

On July 13, 2007, river guides Gary Brown and Scott Moody saved a family of six after a boating mishap on the Bella Coola River, in British Columbia. The guides and the family had been travelling in two drift boats when one of the crafts was pulled under a log by the strong current and its five occupants were thrown into the water. When they resurfaced, Mr. Brown managed to get two of the victims to a nearby small island where the rest of the group had gathered. Mr. Moody then crossed the swift current to the river bank and set up a makeshift pulley system tied to their remaining boat. For the next two hours, Messrs. Brown and Moody shuttled the victims over the raging river, to bring them to safety.
The decoration awarded to Mr. Moody will be received by his son, Mr. Jason Moody.

Benjamin Loren Correos, M.B. (posthumous), Whitehorse, Yukon
Louis-Paul Courbron, M.B., Québec, Quebec
Kimpton Gagnon-Després, M.B., Whitehorse, Yukon
Medal of Bravery

On August 16, 2007, Benji Correos, Louis-Paul Corbron and Kimpton Gagnon-Després rescued Mr. Correos’ son, who had slipped into the high, rushing waters of the Yukon River, in Whitehorse, Yukon. After seeing his son fall in, Mr. Correos jumped in to grab him, but soon, both were pulled under by the current. Witnessing the scene, Messrs. Courbron and Gagnon‑Després jumped in to rescue the boy whose body had surfaced at the bottom of the rapids. They held the boy’s head above water and swam through the turbulent waters to bring him to shore, where he was revived. Sadly, Mr. Correos did not survive the ordeal.
The decoration awarded to Mr. Correos will be received by his spouse, Mrs. Josie Correos.
Mr. Courbron received his decoration at a previous ceremony.

Constable Aaron Courtney, M.B., Abbotsford, British Columbia
Sharanjit (Shawn) Sangha, M.B., Abbotsford, British Columbia
Tony Niels Tingskou, M.B., Surrey, British Columbia
Medal of Bravery

On April 21, 2007, Constable Aaron Courtney, Shawn Sangha and
Tony Tingskou rescued two people from a burning vehicle, in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Messrs. Sangha and Tingskou managed to pull the passenger to safety but were unable to reach the driver who was pinned between his seat and the steering wheel. Police officers attempted to extinguish the quickly spreading fire as flames started entering the vehicle. Constable Courtney entered through the rear passenger door to help the driver, but was forced out by the thick smoke, unable to breathe. He re-entered the vehicle and pushed the driver’s seat backwards, allowing others to help pull the victim out through the window.

Constable Frédéric Couture, M.B., Montréal, Quebec
Constable Martin Langlois, M.B., Montréal, Quebec
Medal of Bravery

On December 29, 2006, constables Frédéric Couture and Martin Langlois of the Montréal Police Service rescued a man from a burning apartment, in Montréal, Quebec. Alerted by the victim’s neighbour, the police officers arrived at the apartment and noticed thick, black smoke through the windows. They managed to open the apartment door, and after several attempts, were able to crawl inside, notwithstanding the intense heat and smoke. In complete darkness, the constables reached the panicked victim and dragged him to safety.

Master Corporal Jonas Denechezhe, M.B., Lac Brochet, Manitoba
Alphonse St. Pierre, M.B., Lac Brochet, Manitoba
Clifford Tssessaze, M.B., Lac Brochet, Manitoba
Medal of Bravery

On October 13, 2006, Master Corporal Jonas Denechezhe, Alphonse St. Pierre and Clifford Tssessaze rescued a mother and her two sons from a burning house, in
Lac Brochet, Manitoba. Unable to enter the house, they broke a window to allow some of the dense smoke to escape. Using a front-end loader, they broke through a corner of the house to gain entry. The men located the mother and her two boys and brought them to safety. Sadly, one of the children died from his injuries.

Robert Hardy, M.B., Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador
G. Gregory Lawlor, M.B., Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador
Caroline Young, M.B., Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador
Medal of Bravery

On December 31, 2006, Robert Hardy, Gregory Lawlor and Caroline Young rescued a teenager from drowning, in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador. When the all-terrain vehicle carrying Ms. Young and two friends broke through the ice, one youth disappeared beneath the surface, while Ms. Young and the other passenger clung to the edge, waiting for help. Mr. Hardy climbed into a small boat and made his way to the two victims, using a shovel and a rake to break through the ice. With firefighter Lawlor’s help, they reached the distraught individuals. Instead of allowing herself to be rescued, Ms. Young swam to her friend, passed him the life ring that had been thrown to her, and kept him from going under the water. Both the rescuers and the two victims got into the boat, which was pulled safely to shore by onlookers. Sadly, the first victim did not survive; his body was recovered the next day.

Shaun Harper, M.B., West Vancouver, British Columbia
Gerry Kuczek, M.B., Winnipeg, Manitoba
Wayne Kuczek, M.B., Winnipeg, Manitoba
Harry Prymak, M.B., St. Clements, Manitoba
Medal of Bravery

On March 24, 2007, Shaun Harper, Gerry Kuczek, Wayne Kuczek and Harry Prymak rescued a man from a possible drowning after his snowmobile went through the ice on a river in Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba. Mr. Prymak crawled out to the victim and grabbed him, but the ice broke and he too found himself in the water. The other rescuers tossed ropes and lifejackets to them, and tried pulling them out, but the ice kept breaking away. Struggling atop the fragile surface, they succeeded, with difficulty, in pulling Mr. Prymak and the snowmobiler to safety.

Michel Harvey, M.B., Saint-Constant, Quebec
Raphaël Harvey Bérard, M.B., Saint-Constant, Quebec
Medal of Bravery

On January 1, 2007, Michel Harvey and his son Raphaël Harvey Bérard rescued a friend from a possible drowning, in Luperon, Dominican Republic. During a snorkelling excursion, the victim became caught in an undercurrent and was soon separated from the group. Noticing that his friend was a good distance away, Raphaël made his way to his side and grabbed him by the arm. Michel Harvey swam out to assist them onto a small coral reef where they could rest, but a large wave knocked the trio back out towards the sea. Father and son held on to the exhausted victim, fought through the strong current, and finally made it safely to shore.

RCMP Corporal James Allan Munro, M.B., Dauphin, Manitoba
Medal of Bravery

On June 4, 2005, Corporal James Munro, then constable, rescued a man from a burning apartment building, in Flin Flon, Manitoba. While on patrol in the area, Corporal Munro noticed the fire, called the fire department and proceeded to alert the residents. Not getting a response to his calls, he kicked in the door of one of the apartments, entered, and was soon overcome by the thick, black smoke and intense heat. He crawled inside to locate the semi-conscious occupant and dragged him to safety. Corporal Munro continued to alert other residents and assist in extinguishing the fire until all the residents had been safely evacuated.

Provincial Constable of the OPP Gino Nolet, M.B., Hearst, Ontario
Robert Ringuette, M.B., Hearst, Ontario
Medal of Bravery

On December 12, 2006, Constable Gino Nolet of the Ontario Provincial Police and volunteer firefighter Robert Ringuette rescued a man from a burning apartment, in Hearst, Ontario. Responding to a 911 call, Constable Nolet forced his way through the front door and climbed a narrow, smoke-filled staircase to reach the apartment. He kicked down the door and crawled inside to locate the occupant, but was forced back due to the thick, heavy smoke. Constable Nolet then re-entered the dwelling with Mr. Ringuette to recover the unconscious man and drag him outside. Sadly, despite their efforts, the man did not survive.

Provincial Constable of the OPP James D. Orser, M.B., Campbellford, Ontario
Provincial Constable of the OPP Bruce A. Thompson, M.B., Campbellford, Ontario
Medal of Bravery

On October 27, 2006, constables James Orser and Bruce Thompson of the Ontario Provincial Police attempted to rescue three children from a burning building, in Campbellford, Ontario. Twice, Constable Thompson entered into the blazing apartment in an attempt to reach the victims, but both times, he was forced out due to the extreme heat and smoke. Constable Thompson again re-entered, this time with Constable Orser, but the officers were unsuccessful in reaching any of the children. Firefighters arrived and pulled the victims from the blaze. Sadly, two of the young victims did not survive.

 Daniel Reynolds, M.B., Hamilton, Ontario
Robert A. Walker, M.B., Dundas, Ontario
Medal of Bravery

On December 14, 2006, off-duty firefighter Robert Walker and trucker Daniel Reynolds pulled an elderly woman from a burning vehicle following a two-vehicle collision, in Dundas, Ontario. While Mr. Reynolds attempted to extinguish the flames and struggled to open the driver’s badly damaged door, Mr. Walker entered through the rear door, pulled the front seat back, and unbuckled the driver’s seat belt. The car was quickly filling up with smoke and flames as Messrs. Walker and Reynolds pulled the woman out and brought her a safe distance away. Unfortunately, the woman did not survive.

Kelsey Jessica Roy, M.B., Carleton Place, Ontario
Medal of Bravery

On March 13, 2007, eight-year-old Kelsey Roy saved her mother from a possible drowning, in Carleton Place, Ontario. During an outing along Mississippi Lake, Kelsey’s mother fell through the ice while attempting to rescue their dog. Her water-filled boots weighed her down, and kept her from crawling back out onto the ice. Without any concern for her own safety, Kelsey crawled onto the thin ice to reach her distraught mother. Kelsey grabbed her until her mom was able to pull herself up and move onto safer ice.

Tanya Silveira, M.B., Vancouver, British Columbia
Medal of Bravery

On November 8, 2007, mall security officer Tanya Silveira prevented an armed robber from assaulting an elderly man, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Ms. Silveira chased and caught the thief, who had just robbed a jewellery store, but he punched her and managed to get away. She then saw him struggling with an older man, trying to take away his car keys. Ms. Silveira stepped in between them to protect the elderly victim. The thief responded by reaching into his pocket, indicating he had a weapon. He then grabbed the car keys and fled in the stolen vehicle, but was arrested by the police shortly after.

Cody Brian Sloot, M.B., Castlegar, British Columbia
Medal of Bravery

On June 15, 2007, 10-year-old Cody Sloot displayed bravery when he set out alone to get help for his injured father, near Renata, British Columbia. While on an excursion, their all-terrain vehicle overturned onto Cody’s father, who sustained multiple injuries in the accident. Their vehicle no longer serviceable, they started to walk back to Renata to seek help. Five kilometres from their destination, Cody’s father, who was in great pain, felt that he was unable to go any further. Although reluctant to leave him, Cody decided to keep going on his own, knowing that there was a chance he could come across bears. He finally reached his destination, found help, and returned to his father’s side.

David Glenn Virgoe, M.B. (posthumous), Angus, Ontario
Medal of Bravery

On June 18, 2007, David Virgoe lost his life when he swerved to avoid oncoming traffic, after his tractor-trailer was hit by a street racer, on Highway 400, near West Gwillenbury, Ontario. After the impact, Mr. Virgoe’s rig hit another car, broke through the guardrail, and then drifted into the centre median. When Mr. Virgoe attempted a final manoeuvre to regain control, his truck skidded across three lanes, rolled down an embankment and tipped over. The impact was fatal. His selfless actions, done at the cost of his own life, undoubtedly prevented numerous collisions, thus saving many people from injury or death.
The decoration awarded to Mr. Virgoe will be received by his spouse, Mrs. Debbie Virgoe.

Provincial Constable of the OPP Darrell Wagner, M.B., Pembroke, Ontario
Medal of Bravery

On July 22, 2007, Constable Darrell Wagner of the Ontario Provincial Police rescued a man whose boat was stranded in the rapids of the Ottawa River, near Pembroke, Ontario. Unable to grab onto a rope that was thrown to him, the victim was swept away by the strong current. He managed to grab onto a large rock to stop himself from going further downstream. Using an inner tube, Constable Wagner was able to reach the man’s side, and fought against the strong current to pull him onto the flotation device. Both men were eventually rescued and brought to safety.

Tanya Lee Waldriff, M.B., Arnstein, Ontario
Medal of Bravery

On August 10, 2007, Ms. Tanya Waldriff put herself at considerable risk while attempting to rescue her husband and her stepson, who were caught in a riptide, in Freeland, Prince Edward Island. Ms. Waldriff swam out into the strong current to reach the two victims. While her 13-year-old stepson made his way back to the shoreline, Ms. Waldriff stayed behind to assist her husband in his efforts to swim to safety. The fatigued man became disoriented and began swimming towards the open water. Fighting for her own safety, Ms. Waldriff made her way towards the shore where others helped her out of the water. Sadly, her husband did not survive.

Constable Kevin Wade Zeh, M.B., Calgary, Alberta
Medal of Bravery

On July 11, 2007, Constable Kevin Zeh rescued a woman whose kayak had overturned in the rapids of the turbulent Elbow River, near Bragg Creek, Alberta. The strong current had pinned the victim between her kayak and a submerged log. While struggling to keep the current from pulling him under the log, Constable Zeh managed to pull the kayak off the woman, freeing her from her precarious position. The victim became trapped a second time as she tried to reach the shore. Although exhausted from his previous efforts, Constable Zeh again came to the woman’s rescue by using a knife to free her. He was then able to bring her safely to shore.

FACT SHEET ON BRAVERY DECORATIONS

BACKGROUND

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