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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 14 police officers are receiving Ontario's top honours for bravery.

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

The recipients of the Ontario Medal for Firefighter Bravery are:

  • Firefighter John Cargoe of the Barrie Fire and Emergency Service
  • Firefighter Benjamin LeRoux of the Barrie Fire and Emergency Service
  • Firefighter Matthew Richard Monkman of the Barrie Fire and Emergency Service
  • Fire Chief Robert Lymburner of the Pelham Fire Services.

The recipients of the Ontario Medal for Police Bravery are:

  • Detective Constable Denise Szachury of the Dryden Police Service
  • Constable Jonathon R. Allen of the Dryden Police Service
  • Constable Terry Menard of the Dryden Police Service
  • Provincial Constable Colleen Benner of the Ontario Provincial Police, Highway Safety Division
  • Provincial Constable Michael Gabriel Ficker of the Ontario Provincial Police, Highway Safety Division
  • Provincial Constable David McLaren of the Ontario Provincial Police, Highway Safety Division
  • Provincial Constable Bryan William Boshold of the Ontario Provincial Police, Bruce Peninsula Detachment
  • Provincial Constable Donald Jon Malott of the Ontario Provincial Police, Bruce Peninsula Detachment
  • Provincial Constable Trevor A. Lamont of the Ontario Provincial Police, Haldimand County Detachment
  • Provincial Constable Scott Moir of the Ontario Provincial Police, Haldimand County Detachment
  • Constable Joanna Styrczula of the Peel Regional Police
  • Constable Alicia McGriskin of the Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service
  • Constable Tom Armstrong of the Thunder Bay Police Service
  • Constable Sheraz Arshad of the Toronto Police Service.

Quick Facts

  • A total 201 Ontario Medals for Firefighter Bravery have been awarded since 1976.
  • A total 247 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.

Background Information

Quotes

“It is an honour to present the Ontario Medal for Bravery to these extraordinary police officers and firefighters. Their acts of courage stand as an inspiration to us all.”

The Honourable David C. Onley

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

“It is a privilege to honour such exceptional women and men of Ontario’s police and fire services. Confronted by clear and present danger, these individuals set aside concerns for their own safety for the safety of others. They will tell you they were just doing a job. The people of Ontario know it is much more than that.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

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