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Heroic Firefighters, Police Officers Receive Top Honours

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Heroic Firefighters, Police Officers Receive Top Honours

Lieutenant Governor Presents Medals for Bravery

Sixteen firefighters and six 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 include:

City of Kenora Fire and Emergency Services

  • Acting Captain Terry McLeod
  • Firefighter Kenton Ammerman
  • Firefighter Earl Bichon

Elliot Lake Fire Service

  • Captain Ken Barnes
  • Captain John Steven Thomas
  • Firefighter Adam Vance

Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services

  • Captain Bruce Hicks
  • Captain Derek Wilson
  • Acting Captain Brian Chapman
  • Acting Captain Marcus Middleton
  • Firefighter Matthew Attwell
  • Firefighter Anthony Colabufalo
  • Firefighter Larry Douglas Martin
  • Firefighter Travis Robbins
  • Firefighter Daryl Roy

Shebandowan Fire Department

  • Firefighter Ray Pilon


The recipients of the Ontario Medal for Police Bravery include:

Niagara Regional Police Service

  • Constable Jacob Smits

Toronto Police Service

  • Sergeant Jeff Alderdice
  • Constable Bill Peterson

Ontario Provincial Police

  • Sergeant Hubert Beauclair (Upsala Detachment)
  • Provincial Constable Doug Golding (Shabaqua Detachment)
  • Sergeant Patrick Smith (Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment)

Quick Facts

  • A total 217 Ontario Medals for Firefighter Bravery have been awarded since 1976.
  • A total 253 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

“These extraordinary individuals inspire us with their courage and devotion to the public good. I am privileged to be presenting these medals for bravery to Ontario’s finest firefighters and police officers.”

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Yasir Naqvi

“Ontario’s firefighters and police officers perform acts of bravery every day. Those we honour today showed quick thinking and outstanding courage in life threatening situations. The Ontario Medals for Bravery recognize extraordinary heroism. It was an honour to meet the recipients and say thank you on behalf of a grateful province.”

Yasir Naqvi

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

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