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Heroic Firefighters and Police Officers Receive Top Honours

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Heroic Firefighters and Police Officers Receive Top Honours

21 Honoured with Medals for Bravery

Six firefighters and 15 police officers received Ontario's top honours for bravery last night.

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.

This year's ceremony awarded honours for both 2015 and 2016.

Gravenhurst Fire Department

  • Firefighter Bill Brazeau
  • Firefighter Ryan Brazeau

Halton Hills Fire Department

  • Fire Chief Brent Marshall
  • Deputy Fire Chief Harry Olivieri
  • Assistant Deputy Fire Chief Bruce Morrison

Toronto Fire Services

  • Firefighter Dave Archer

The recipients of the Ontario Medal for Police Bravery are:

Belleville Police Service

  • Constable Daniel Joly
  • Constable Corey McGee

Chatham-Kent Police Service

  • Constable Fraser Curtis

Durham Regional Police Service

  • Detective Constable Bryan Armstrong

Niagara Regional Police Service

  • Constable Chris Lindey

Ontario Provincial Police

  • Provincial Constable William Barber (Prince Edward County Detachment)
  • Provincial Constable Andrew Sloss (Temiskaming Detachment)
  • Provincial Constable Marty Thibault (Temiskaming Detachment)

Owen Sound Police Service

  • Constable Patrick Rawn

Peel Regional Police

  • Constable Kevin Morrison

Toronto Police Service

  • Constable Mark Borsboom
  • Constable Erik Corba
  • Constable Zoran Ivkovic
  • Constable Jean-Marc Loiselle
  • Constable Eric Ka Wai Yu

Quick Facts

  • Since 1976, 223 Ontario Medals for Firefighter Bravery have been awarded.
  • Since 1975, 269 Ontario Medals for Police Bravery have been awarded.
  • An independent body of citizens from the firefighting and policing communities representing all regions of Ontario determines medal recipients

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“It is my privilege to present 21 Ontarians with the Ontario Medals for Police and Firefighter Bravery, our province’s highest honours for exceptional courage in the line of duty. On behalf of the people of Ontario, I thank these distinguished honourees for their service, which forms an important part of our collective story and is a source of inspiration for all.”

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

“Our province’s first responders are ready to put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities and keep Ontario safe. These awards recognize the extraordinary acts of courage within our firefighting and law enforcement communities. I salute these heroes on behalf of a grateful province, and hope that they wear these medals with pride.”

David Orazietti

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

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