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Decorations for Bravery

October 13, 2015  By Corrie Sloot

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Decorations for Bravery

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presented 23 Decorations for Bravery at a ceremony October 5, 2014 at the residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec. Fourteen police officers were included among these recipients.



Sgt. Sébastien Briand, M.B.
Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec
Cst. Pascal-Éric D’Amours, M.B.
L’Isle-Verte, Quebec
Cst. Simon Dufour, M.B.
Matagami, Quebec
Sgt. Steve Duguay, M.B.
Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec
Cst. Mathieu Fournier, M.B.
Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec
Cst. Steve Guy, M.B.
Cacouna, Quebec
Cst. Francis Marquis, M.B.
Saint-Fabien, Quebec
Cst. Dominic Pellerin, M.B.
Rimouski, Quebec
Cst. Jean-François Pépin, M.B.
Saint-Arsène, Quebec
Cst. Myriam St-Onge, M.B.
Saint-Arsène, Quebec
Medal of Bravery

On January 23, 2014, 10 police officers from the Sûreté du Québec risked their lives to rescue senior citizens who were trapped by flames during a fire at the Résidence du Havre nursing home in L’Isle-Verte, Quebec. Without any equipment, the officers braved both the extreme cold weather outside, and the heat and toxic smoke filling the hallways inside the three-storey building. They acted quickly as the fire spread, with some victims trapped in their rooms or on their balconies. Sadly, despite the rescuers’ best efforts, 32 people lost their lives in the fire.

Cst. Nicholas-Yan Charbonneau, M.B.
Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec
Cst. Yannick Horion, M.B.
Saint-Jérôme, Quebec
Cst. Sophie Pilon, M.B.
Île-Bizard, Quebec
Medal of Bravery

On May 18, 2013, constables Nicholas-Yan Charbonneau, Yannick Horion and Sophie Pilon of the Régie intermunicipale de police Thérèse-de-Blainville, rescued five people from a smoke-filled apartment in Sainte-Thérèse-de-Blainville, Quebec. The victims had tried to escape but had fallen unconscious before they could reach the door. Struggling to breathe in the toxic smoke, the officers entered the house several times to locate the victims and bring them safely outside, one by one.

The decoration awarded to Cst. Pilon will be presented at a later date.

Cst. Robert John Hunka, M.B.
Greenfield, Nova Scotia
Medal of Bravery

On January 16, 2014, Cst. Robert Hunka of the Truro Police Service rescued an elderly woman from a burning building in Truro, Nova Scotia. Without a mask or any protective equipment, Hunka entered the apartment, which was filled with thick, black smoke. He felt his way along the walls until he located the victim in a bedroom and then carried her outside the apartment building to safety.

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