Vancouver, British Columbia
On June 23, 2017, Dr. Emilie Stevens saved a woman from jumping off the Granville Street Bridge in Vancouver, British Columbia. While crossing the bridge on her way home, Dr. Stevens spotted a visibly distressed woman sitting with her back to the railing, looking over the side. Dr. Stevens approached the woman and tried to engage her in conversation. Realizing the severity of the situation, Dr. Stevens called 911 as the victim climbed over the railing. Though seven months pregnant at the time, Dr. Stevens grabbed the victim and held on to her with all her strength to prevent her from falling. With the help of two constables, she brought the victim back over the railing to the walkway.
"This event had a significant impact on my relationships and my work. I make a point of discussing mental health with my patients and friends because it is not always obvious who is struggling." - Dr. Emilie Stevens, M.B.
Decorations for Bravery
Recipients of the Decorations for Bravery would never call themselves heroes, but that’s exactly what they are: everyday heroes. The individuals recognized by these decorations are those who have risked their lives and chose to defy their own instinct of survival to try to save a loved one or a perfect stranger whose life was in immediate danger.