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Heroic Firefighters and Police Officers Receive Top Honours

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Heroic Firefighters and Police Officers Receive Top Honours

Lieutenant Governor Presents Medals For Bravery

Four firefighters and five police officers will receive Ontario's top honours for bravery later today at a Queen's Park ceremony.

The Ontario Medal for Firefighter Bravery and the Ontario Medal for Police Bravery are the province's highest honour in recognition of firefighters and police officers whose actions demonstrate outstanding courage.

The recipients of the Ontario Medal for Firefighter Bravery are:

  • Firefighter Dave Evans of the Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services
  • Firefighter Timothy Howson of the Timmins Fire Department Voluntary Brigade
  • Firefighter Jim Lavoie of the Timmins Fire Department
  • Firefighter Gilles Leduc of the Timmins Fire Department

The recipients of the Ontario Medal for Police Bravery are:

  • Provincial Constable Ken DeCloet of the OPP Norfolk County Detachment
  • Constable Brian Follis of the Owen Sound Police Service
  • Constable Michael Mavity of the Peel Regional Police
  • Constable Nicholas Moland-Osborne of the Timmins Police Service
  • Provincial Constable Jacques Thibeault of the OPP Russell County Detachment

Quick Facts

  • A total 195 Ontario Medals for Firefighter Bravery have been awarded since 1976
  • A total 224 Ontario Medals for Police Bravery have been awarded since 1975
  • An independent body of citizens from the firefighting and policing communities, representing all regions of Ontario determines medal recipients

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“I am honoured to present these nine medals to some of Ontario's bravest police officers and firefighters. Their selfless acts of courage and compassion exhibit their leadership and make them heroes to each of us.”

The Honourable David C. Onley

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

“The Bravery Awards recognize the extraordinary heroism shown by Ontario firefighters and police officers. This year's recipients demonstrated outstanding courage and perseverance in life threatening situations. They have earned the right to wear their medal with pride, distinction and honour.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

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