Heroic Police Officers and Firefighters Receive Province's Top Honours
Lieutenant Governor Presents Medals For Bravery
Five firefighters and 11 police officers received Ontario's top honours for bravery today.
The medals were presented to them at a Queen's Park ceremony by Lieutenant Governor David C. Onley. These medals are the province's highest honour in recognition of firefighters and police officers whose actions demonstrate outstanding courage and bravery in the line of duty.
The recipients of the Ontario Medal for Firefighter Bravery are:
Firefighter Jim Gale of the Toronto Fire Services
- Firefighter Mike Maier of the Toronto Fire Services
- Firefighter Jean-Philippe Mathieu of the Township of Champlain Fire Services
- Firefighter Mike Myers of the Chatham-Kent Fire Department
- Firefighter Mike Vinall of the Chatham-Kent Fire Department.
The recipients of the Ontario Medal for Police Bravery are:
- Constable Lance Barenz of the Thunder Bay Police Service
- Constable Sean Boyes of the York Regional Police Service
- Constable Sean Doran of the York Regional Police Service
- Constable Dave Edgar of the Barrie Police Service
- Constable Gilbert Farquhar of the York Regional Police
- Constable Joseph Andrew Guerreiro of the Toronto Police Service
- Constable Wade McGhee of the York Regional Police
- Constable Tom Nappo of the Brockville Police Service
- Constable Clayton Speers of the Barrie Police Service
- Constable James Ward of the York Regional Police
- Constable Gregory Douglas Whyte of the York Regional Police.
- A total of 184 Ontario Medals for Firefighter Bravery have been awarded since 1976, and 212 Ontario Medals for Police Bravery have been awarded since 1975.
- An independent body of citizens representing all regions of Ontario determines medal recipients.
“I am pleased to present these medals to some of Ontario's finest police officers and firefighters. We should not forget the courage and sacrifices they make for members of their communities and all Ontarians, often at great risk to their own safety.”
The Honourable David C. Onley
“The bestowing of the bravery medals is an important reminder that there are those who put their own lives at risk on a daily basis to keep the rest of us safe. To these heroes, their work is more than a career ” it's a calling. They have earned our respect and our admiration.”
The Honourable Rick Bartolucci