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Two Officers Receive Medals for Bravery

Create: 10/19/2015 - 21:05

Two officers from the Ste-Thérèse/Blainville police department were honoured with medals for bravery during a ceremony on October 5th. Nicolas-Yan Charbonneau (beard) and Yannick Horion each received a medal for bravery from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada.
The officers were being recognized for risking their lives by saving a family of five from their burning apartment on May 18, 2013. The victims had tried to get out but had lost consciousness before reaching the door. Despite the intense smoke, the officers repeatedly entered the home to find the five victims, and rescued them one by one.
The medals given for bravery are a tribute to those who risk their lives by trying to save or protect another individual. This decoration was created by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1972. There are three Canadian decorations for bravery: the Cross of Valour, the Star of Courage, and the Medal of Bravery.
The Medal of Bravery was presented to officers Charbonneau and Horion in recognition of their courageous action in dangerous circumstances.
“Congratulations to officers Charbonneau and Horion,” said Francis Lanouette, director of the Ste-Thérèse/Blainville police department.

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