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April 23, 2014
By Governor General of Canada

CITATIONS

MEDAL OF BRAVERY

Larry James Angasuk Jr., M.B.
Inuvik, Northwest Territories

Constable Andrew Robert Aucoin, M.B.
Centreville, Nova Scotia and Norman Wells, Northwest Territories

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Constable Todd Anton Ronald Glemser, M.B.

Clavet, Saskatchewan and Fort MacPherson, Northwest Territories

Teddy John Allen Omilgoituk, M.B.
Inuvik, Northwest Territories

On October 16, 2011, brothers Larry Angasuk Jr. and Teddy Omilgoituk, along with RCMP constables Andrew Aucoin and Todd Glemser, braved intense heat, smoke and flames to rescue two children from a burning house, in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Larry was able to bring one of the children to safety, but Teddy, trying to reach his little sister in an upstairs bedroom, became overwhelmed by the smoke and had to rush outside. Constables Aucoin and Glemser ran in and managed to bring out the child who, sadly, did not survive.

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Sergeant Paul Charles Avanthay, M.B.
Little Grand Rapids, Manitoba

Constable Norbert Alexander Constant, M.B.
The Pas and Ashern, Manitoba

On October 28, 2009, RCMP Sergeant Paul Avanthay and Constable Norbert Constant rescued a suicidal woman who had jumped from a hydro dam into the Winnipeg River, in Powerview, Manitoba. Both men entered the freezing water and, wading against the powerful current, brought the woman to shore.

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Constable Kevin Carroll, M.B.
Thunder Bay, Ontario

Constable James Arthur Elvish, M.B.
Thunder Bay, Ontario

Constable Clark McKever, M.B.
Thunder Bay, Ontario

Constable Kenneth Ogima, M.B.
Thunder Bay, Ontario

Constable Jason Rybak, M.B.
Thunder Bay, Ontario

On May 26, 2010, Thunder Bay Police constables Kevin Carroll, James Elvish, Clark McKever, Kenneth Ogima and Jason Rybak rescued a woman from a submerged vehicle, in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Despite the low visibility, they located the wreck as it sank into Lake Superior, smashed out the windows and pulled the victim to safety.

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Constable Deanna Theresa Hagen, M.B.
Whitecourt and St. Albert, Alberta

On November 9, 2009, RCMP Constable Deanna Hagen rescued a young girl from a possible drowning in the Atlantic Ocean, in Coco Beach, Florida, U.S.A. Seeing the victim struggling in the water nearly half a kilometre away, Constable Hagen swam out to reach her side. Even though the panicked girl climbed onto her rescuer and pushed her under the surface several times, Constable Hagen still managed to swim against the powerful undertow and bring the girl safely back to the beach.

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Constable Susan McCormick, M.B.
Windsor, Ontario

On November 25, 2011, Constable Susan McCormick, of the Windsor Police Service, rescued a suicidal man who was in danger of drowning in the Detroit River, in Windsor, Ontario. Constable McCormick entered the freezing water and struggled in the fast-moving current to reach the unconscious man and bring him closer to shore, where others helped pull them both out.

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Sergeant John L. Jorginson, M.B.
Orillia, Ontario

Alexander C. Robertson, M.B.
Bracebridge, Ontario

David William Simpson, M.B.
Bracebridge, Ontario

On May 12, 2011, Alexander Robertson, David Simpson, and off-duty Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant John Jorginson rescued a woman from a burning vehicle, in Bracebridge, Ontario. Despite the thick smoke and intensifying flames, the rescuers managed to pull the injured victim out of the car and bring her to safety.

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Corporal Scott Joseph Young, M.B.
Bell Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Inuvik, Northwest Territories

On June 17, 2010, RCMP Corporal Scott Young rescued a suicidal woman from the Slave River, in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. He swam out several hundreds of metres in the frigid, fast-moving river to reach the victim. Despite her protests, he was able to pull her to safety.

in the choppy water to bring him safely to the beach.

Constable Susan McCormick, M.B.
Windsor, Ontario

On November 25, 2011, Constable Susan McCormick, of the Windsor Police Service, rescued a suicidal man who was in danger of drowning in the Detroit River, in Windsor, Ontario. Constable McCormick entered the freezing water and struggled in the fast-moving current to reach the unconscious man and bring him closer to shore, where others helped pull them both out.

Brian Darrell McRae, M.B.
Calgary, Alberta

On April 6, 2011, City of Calgary firefighter Brian McRae rescued four people from a possible drowning, in Varadero, Cuba. He swam out, grabbed the first victim and led the second exhausted man to safety. A short time later, he noticed two other men struggling in the huge waves. Once more, Mr. McRae entered the water to reach their side and brought them to shallow water, where they could walk to shore.

Kelly Natomagan, M.B.
Pinehouse Lake and Air Ronge, Saskatchewan
Logan Natomagan, M.B.
Pinehouse Lake, Saskatchewan

On November 27, 2009, Kelly Natomagan and his nephew, Logan Natomagan, rescued an older relative who had fallen through the ice, in Pinehouse Lake, Saskatchewan. Kelly pushed a small canoe towards the hole, climbed aboard and cautiously pulled the victim into it. Logan then crawled on the fragile surface, grabbed the safety line and towed the canoe onto more solid ice.

Carly Laura Nikirk, M.B.
Texada Island, British Columbia, and Calgary, Alberta

On July 6, 2011, Carly Nikirk rescued a woman from a possible drowning, off the coast of Texada Island, British Columbia. Despite the strong current and the high waves, Ms. Nikirk pulled the victim to a nearby buoy until two men arrived in a small boat and brought them back closer to shore.

Sergeant Jacob J. Perkins, M.B.
Mountain Grove, Missouri and Evans Mills, New York, U.S.A.

On July 22, 2011, Sergeant Jacob Perkins, of the United States Army, helped evacuate several Canadian passengers from a burning bus, on Highway I-90, in New York State, U.S.A. After assisting two passengers out, Sergeant Perkins went back inside the burning vehicle to search for other possible victims. Finding no one else aboard, he rushed out of the blaze to safety.

Brennan Ellard Richardson, M.B.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Ottawa, Ontario

On January 11, 2011, Brennan Richardson prevented a man armed with a Molotov cocktail from robbing a gas station, in Ottawa, Ontario. As the suspect lit the fuse, Mr. Richardson managed to grab hold of his arms and prevent him from throwing it in the store. The device ended up near the gas pumps, but it was extinguished in time and a tragedy was avoided, thanks to Mr. Richardson’s efforts.

Marko Romic, M.B.
Toronto, Ontario
Jason Daniel Totté, M.B.
The Pas and Thompson, Manitoba

On July 4, 2011, following a plane crash, pilot Marko Romic and passenger Jason Totté risked their lives in an attempt to rescue another passenger from the burning wreck, in Pukatawagan, Manitoba. They desperately tried to pull the unresponsive victim out of the plane, but had to retreat as the fire intensified, engulfing the wreckage in flames.

Sergeant John L. Jorginson, M.B.
Orillia, Ontario
Alexander C. Robertson, M.B.
Bracebridge, Ontario
David William Simpson, M.B.
Bracebridge, Ontario

On May 12, 2011, Alexander Robertson, David Simpson, and off-duty Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant John Jorginson rescued a woman from a burning vehicle, in Bracebridge, Ontario. Despite the thick smoke and intensifying flames, the rescuers managed to pull the injured victim out of the car and bring her to safety.

The decorations awarded to Sergeant Jorginson and Mr. Robertson were presented at a previous ceremony.

Jonathan Storring, M.B.
Kingston and Petawawa, Ontario

On June 20, 2011, Jonathan Storring rescued a girl who was in danger of drowning in the Petawawa River, in Ontario. Mr. Storring swam out to the victim and struggled against the strong current to bring her to shore, where their friends pulled them both out of the water.

Mark Van Sickle, M.B. (posthumous)
Stouffville, Ontario
George Thomas Ward, M.B.
Stouffville, Ontario

On June 24, 2011, Mark Van Sickle and George Ward attempted to rescue a friend who had fallen from their boat into the St. Lawrence River, in Kingston, Ontario. Mr. Van Sickle immediately jumped into the water and pulled the victim to the surface, while Mr. Ward stopped the boat and then dove in to help. Sadly, neither the victim nor Mr. Van Sickle, who had both disappeared beneath the surface, survived the ordeal.

The decoration awarded to the late Mark Van Sickle will be given to his wife, Ms. Anne Jones.

Jeffrey Wakeham, M.B.
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and Sherwood Park, Alberta

On November 4, 2011, Jeffrey Wakeham rescued a woman from a burning house, in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Mr. Wakeham crawled under the thick, black smoke to find the unconscious victim and bring her safely outside.

Corporal Scott Joseph Young, M.B.
Bell Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Inuvik, Northwest Territories

On June 17, 2010, RCMP Corporal Scott Young rescued a suicidal woman from the Slave River, in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. He swam out several hundreds of metres in the frigid, fast-moving river to reach the victim. Despite her protests, he was able to pull her to safety.

as avoided, thanks to Mr. Richardson’s efforts.

Marko Romic, M.B.
Toronto, Ontario
Jason Daniel Totté, M.B.
The Pas and Thompson, Manitoba

On July 4, 2011, following a plane crash, pilot Marko Romic and passenger Jason Totté risked their lives in an attempt to rescue another passenger from the burning wreck, in Pukatawagan, Manitoba. They desperately tried to pull the unresponsive victim out of the plane, but had to retreat as the fire intensified, engulfing the wreckage in flames.

Sergeant John L. Jorginson, M.B.
Orillia, Ontario
Alexander C. Robertson, M.B.
Bracebridge, Ontario
David William Simpson, M.B.
Bracebridge, Ontario

On May 12, 2011, Alexander Robertson, David Simpson, and off-duty Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant John Jorginson rescued a woman from a burning vehicle, in Bracebridge, Ontario. Despite the thick smoke and intensifying flames, the rescuers managed to pull the injured victim out of the car and bring her to safety.

The decorations awarded to Sergeant Jorginson and Mr. Robertson were presented at a previous ceremony.

Jonathan Storring, M.B.
Kingston and Petawawa, Ontario

On June 20, 2011, Jonathan Storring rescued a girl who was in danger of drowning in the Petawawa River, in Ontario. Mr. Storring swam out to the victim and struggled against the strong current to bring her to shore, where their friends pulled them both out of the water.

Mark Van Sickle, M.B. (posthumous)
Stouffville, Ontario
George Thomas Ward, M.B.
Stouffville, Ontario

On June 24, 2011, Mark Van Sickle and George Ward attempted to rescue a friend who had fallen from their boat into the St. Lawrence River, in Kingston, Ontario. Mr. Van Sickle immediately jumped into the water and pulled the victim to the surface, while Mr. Ward stopped the boat and then dove in to help. Sadly, neither the victim nor Mr. Van Sickle, who had both disappeared beneath the surface, survived the ordeal.

The decoration awarded to the late Mark Van Sickle will be given to his wife, Ms. Anne Jones.

Jeffrey Wakeham, M.B.
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and Sherwood Park, Alberta

On November 4, 2011, Jeffrey Wakeham rescued a woman from a burning house, in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Mr. Wakeham crawled under the thick, black smoke to find the unconscious victim and bring her safely outside.

Corporal Scott Joseph Young, M.B.
Bell Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Inuvik, Northwest Territories

On June 17, 2010, RCMP Corporal Scott Young rescued a suicidal woman from the Slave River, in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. He swam out several hundreds of metres in the frigid, fast-moving river to reach the victim. Despite her protests, he was able to pull her to safety.


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