Monday, 16 March 2009

For Courage and Bravery

The Governor General announced today that a number of Canadians will receive Decorations for Bravery. Here are the Manitobans on that list:

Star of Courage

(awarded for acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril)

Sergeant David John Cooper, S.C., C.D., Winnipeg
Sergeant Dwayne B. Guay, S.C., C.D., Comox, B.C.

On February 16, 2007, Sergeant David Cooper and Sergeant Dwayne Guay, then master corporal, parachuted in extreme weather conditions to rescue a man who was stranded on an ice flow, in the Arctic Ocean, in the Northwest Territories. After a difficult landing due to the strong winds, the two search and rescue technicians made their way to the victim, provided first aid, and set up shelter until help arrived, some 11 hours later.

Medal of Bravery

(awarded for acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances)

Gerard Beernaerts, Winnipeg
Deborah Anne Chiborak, Winnipeg

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.

Gerry Kuczek, Winnipeg
Wayne Kuczek, Winnipeg
Harry Prymak, St. Clements
Shaun Harper, M.B., West Vancouver, B.C.

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.

RCMP Const. James Allan Munro, Dauphin

On June 4, 2005, Constable James Munro rescued a man from a burning apartment building, in Flin Flon, Manitoba. While on patrol in the area, Constable 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. Constable Munro continued to alert other residents and assist in extinguishing the fire until all the residents had been safely evacuated.

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