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Heroic Firefighter and Police Officers Receive Top Honours

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Heroic Firefighter and Police Officers Receive Top Honours

Six Honoured with Medals for Bravery

One firefighter and five police officers received Ontario's top honour for bravery last night. 

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

The recipient of the Ontario Medal for Firefighter Bravery is Firefighter Jim Rose from Sarnia Fire Rescue Services.

The recipients of the Ontario Medal for Police Bravery are:

Belleville Police Service

  • Constable Matthew Sweet

Brantford Police Service

  • Constable Jeremy Morton

Ontario Provincial Police

  • Provincial Constable Paul Drake (Brant County Detachment)
  • Provincial Constable Chris Thompson (Brant County Detachment)
  • Provincial Constable Jeff Lobsinger (Thessalon Detachment)

Quick Facts

  • Since 1976, 224 Ontario Medals for Firefighter Bravery have been awarded.
  • Since 1975, 274 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

Background Information

Quotes

“It is a privilege to present the Ontario Medal for Bravery to these extraordinary police officers and firefighter. Those who we honour uphold the values of service and community. Their acts of courage inspire us all.”

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Marie-France Lalonde

“Ontario’s firefighters and police officers perform selfless acts of bravery every day, and put their lives on the line to keep us safe. It is my privilege to present the Ontario Medal for Bravery to recognize extraordinary heroism, and to say thank you on behalf of everyone across the province.”

Marie-France Lalonde

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

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