Governor General announces 14 Decorations for Bravery
Governor General announces 14 Decorations for Bravery
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Governor General announces 14 Decorations for Bravery

August 29, 2003

OTTAWA — Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada, today announced the granting of fourteen Medals of Bravery for acts of heroism.

Recipients will be invited to accept their decorations at a ceremony to be held at a later date.

On the recommendation of the Canadian Decorations Advisory Committee (Bravery), the Governor General has announced the following awards:

Medal of Bravery

Acting Sub-Lieutenant Allan Herbert Brannen, M.B. Barrington, Nova Scotia
Markham Donald Bunnah, M.B. Calgary, Alberta
Andrew Roderick Campbell, M.B. Big Bras d'Or, Nova Scotia
Mohamed Chelali, M.B. Surrey, British Columbia
George Anthony Daix, M.B. Glace Bay, Nova Scotia
Donnie Davis, M.B. Shelburne, Nova Scotia
Leading Seaman Kevin Duncan Grant, M.B. Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A.
Jeffery Michael Klymson, M.B. Toronto, Ontario
Anthony Paul McNaughton, M.B. (Posthumous) Vancouver, B.C.
Andrew Adrien Earl (Andy) Moffitt, M.B. (Posthumous) Ottawa, Ontario
Paul Herman Morin, M.B. Auclair, Québec
Master Corporal Steeve Joseph Perron, M.B., C.D. St-Amable, Quebec
Pearl Audrey Shaw, M.B.(Posthumous) Hanmer, Ontario
Albert Shedrick, M.B. Ville St-Pierre, Quebec

The Decorations for Bravery––the Cross of Valour, the Star of Courage and the Medal of Bravery––were established in 1972 as part of the Canadian Honours System. 

The Cross of Valour is awarded for acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril. The Star of Courage is awarded for acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril. The Medal of Bravery is awarded for acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances.

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Acting Sub-Lieutenant Allan Herbert Brannen, M.B., Barrington, Nova Scotia
Donnie Davis, M.B., Shelburne, Nova Scotia
Medal of Bravery

On August 2, 2002, A/SLt Allan Brannen and Donald Davis rescued two men who were severely injured during an explosion aboard their fishing vessel at the South Side Wharf on Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia. Messrs. Brannen and Davis were working nearby when they witnessed one man being blown into the water by the blast while the other was left hanging onto the side of the flaming boat, some 30 metres out. Despite the risk of another explosion from remaining propane tanks, Mr. Davis leapt from the wharf, swam to the first victim and helped him out of the water and onto the wharf where paramedics took over.  Meanwhile, Mr. Brannen had jumped from another fishing vessel and attached a line to the burning boat to stop it from drifting out to sea. While other fishermen began pulling the vessel toward the wharf, he tied another line around the second victim so that the non-swimmer could be hauled out of the water by helping hands.

Markham Donald Bunnah, M.B., Calgary, Alberta
Medal of Bravery

On May 20, 2001, Markham Bunnah rescued a man who had fallen from an old railroad bridge into the Bow River, in Calgary, Alberta. Hearing cries for help, Mr. Bunnah saw the man dangling between two railroad ties. He raced onto the bridge but, before he could reach his side, the man lost his grip and fell into the cold water, near a dangerous weir. Mr. Bunnah ran back to the riverbank and dove in after him. Fighting the strong current, he swam some 50 meters out, grabbed hold of the unconscious victim, and managed to maintain his grip as he and the man were carried some 25 meters down river, toward the falls. Despite weakening strength, Mr. Bunnah continued to battle the fast-flowing waters until he reached the shore, where he pulled the man to safety.

Andrew Roderick Campbell, M.B., Big Bras d'Or, Nova Scotia
Medal of Bravery

On August 23, 2002, 18-year-old Andrew Campbell saved his 14-year-old brother and two other boys from drowning at Inverness Beach Village, in Nova Scotia.  Andrew and his brother were swimming during a family camping trip when they were caught in a strong undertow some ten metres from shore. Seeing that his brother was struggling to stay afloat, Andrew secured a body-board, swam back to the teenager and pulled him to shallower waters. Hearing other cries for help, he then made his way to two younger boys who were being swept farther out to sea by riptides. Although weakened by his previous efforts, he propped the victims onto the body-board and towed them toward the beach where they were helped to safety.

Mohamed Chelali, M.B., Surrey, British Columbia
Medal of Bravery

On July 14, 2002, Mohamed Chelali risked his life to help abort an assassination attempt on the President of the French Republic, in Paris, France. Mr. Chelali was watching the traditional national holiday military parade on the Champs Elysés when he saw a man, some two meters away, aim a rifle at the French President. Without hesitation, Mr. Chelali, joined by four other bystanders, tackled the man and, in the struggle that ensued, tried to grab the gun away. Unable to loosen the gunman's grip on the firearm, Mr. Chelali removed the magazine from the weapon. The assailant was then restrained until police arrived.

George Anthony Daix, M.B., Glace Bay, Nova Scotia
Medal of Bravery           

On June 30, 2002, George Daix attempted to save a twenty-month-old girl from a burning house in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. When he discovered that a neighbour's house was on fire, Mr. Daix rushed to the scene, awakened the two babysitters and instructed them to escape with the small boy at their side.  Informed that a toddler was in a second-floor bedroom, he then raced up the stairs, but was driven out by the thick, toxic smoke that filled the hallway. Although suffering from smoke inhalation, Mr. Daix made two more attempts to reach the child but was forced out each time by the intense smoke. Despite bursting lungs, he managed on his fourth try to kick open the child's bedroom door before being driven out again just as emergency crews arrived. The little girl was rescued, unharmed, by a firefighter.

Leading Seaman Kevin Duncan Grant, M.B., Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A.
Medal of Bravery

On November 30, 2001, LS Grant helped an officer evacuate colleagues from a smoke-filled diving chamber after the oxygen lines on one diver's breathing apparatus exploded and caught fire at a research facility in Toronto Ontario. LS Grant was working in a nearby lab when the accident occurred. Although aware of the explosive potential of the canisters of compressed gas fitted to the burning breathing set, he donned an emergency breathing apparatus and rushed inside the unit. He then cut the sensor cords from the divers and assisted the officer in escorting the victims out of the hatch. Only when he had ascertained that everyone had also made their way out of the dangerous chamber did LS Grant follow them to safety.

Jeffery Michael Klymson, M.B., Toronto, Ontario
Medal of Bravery

On May 21, 2001, Jeffery Klymson rescued a child and two women who were caught in the fast-flowing Niagara River, three kilometres south of Niagara Falls, Ontario. The five-year-old boy who had slipped on rocks, and his mother who had found herself in difficulty while going after him, were being helped by a friend when all three were caught in the rapids and sucked into two whirlpools. Seeing the victims disappear under water, Mr. Klymson swam out to the first whirlpool, some three meters from shore and, fighting the current, brought the friend back onto the rocks. He then reached the larger eddy and pulled the mother with her son in her arms up to the surface and safely out of the turbulent waters.

Anthony Paul McNaughton, M.B. (Posthumous), Vancouver, B.C.
Medal of Bravery

On January 29, 2000, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Paul McNaughton lost his life while protecting an employee from an attack by her estranged husband. The aggressor had made his way behind the counter of the coffee shop and was threatening the woman with a butcher knife. Hearing the domestic dispute from a back room, Mr. McNaughton realized the gravity of the situation and ran to his colleague's help. Without hesitation, he stepped in and confronted the agitated man, allowing the woman to take refuge. During the struggled that ensued, Mr. McNaughton was stabbed several times. Although fatally wounded, he instructed the woman to save herself and run for help which prompted the attacker to flee. Sadly, Mr. McNaughton succumbed to his wounds but, thanks to his valiant efforts, the woman was unharmed.

Andrew Adrien Earl (Andy) Moffitt, M.B. (Posthumous), Ottawa, Ontario
Medal of Bravery

On December 23, 1998, 23-year-old university student Andy Moffitt was killed while trying to help a friend who was being attacked by a man in Ottawa, Ontario. Mr. Moffitt was celebrating the end of exams with friends at a local restaurant-bar when he heard a commotion caused by the aggressor who was assaulting one man upstairs. As the assailant ran downstairs in an attempt to avoid the arrival of the police, the restaurant owner and some patrons, including one of Mr. Moffitt's friends, tried to detain him. When he saw the violent man strike his friend, Mr. Moffitt did not hesitate to rush to his rescue. Helped by others, he tried to subdue the out-of-control individual but, in the brawl that ensued, Mr. Moffitt was stabbed by the aggressor and, sadly, died on his way to hospital. 

Paul Herman Morin, M.B., Auclair, Québec
Medal of Bravery

On June 15, 2001, Paul Morin rescued a severely injured man following a collision between two boats at a ferry crossing on Rivière des Prairies, in Laval-sur-le-Lac, Quebec. Mr. Morin was boating nearby when he witnessed the crash. Although fearing for his own life because of his restricted physical mobility, he jumped in the fast current and reached the victim in a dog-paddle swim. Despite weakening strength and hampered by his life jacket, Mr. Morin pulled the man to his own boat and attempted to push him onboard, with his wife and friend pulling from inside. Although his efforts failed, he managed to grab a rope and hold the man's head above water until someone arrived on a Sea-Doo and dragged both men to the riverbank, some 30 metres away. The victim recovered but, sadly, his brother was killed on impact during this tragic accident.

Master Corporal Steeve Joseph Perron, M.B., C.D., St-Amable, Quebec
Medal of Bravery

On December 27, 2001, MCpl Steeve Perron, then Corporal, rescued a teenager and his ten-year-old cousin who had fallen through the ice on the Rivière-aux-Sables in Jonquière, Quebec. MCpl Perron was driving by when he saw the boys walk onto the dangerously thin surface. As he stopped to warn them of the risks, the fragile layer broke under their weight and both boys disappeared in the water several times before managing to cling onto the edge of the hole. MCpl Perron grabbed a rope from his car and, shouting for help, made his way onto the precariously thin surface. He inched his way to some two metres of the opening and, while the ice cracked all around him, threw the rope to the struggling victims and managed to keep them from slipping under until police arrived to complete the rescue.

Pearl Audrey Shaw, M.B. (Posthumous), Hanmer, Ontario
Medal of Bravery

On April 22, 2001, seventy-five-year-old Pearl Shaw lost her life while attempting to save the two great-grandchildren she was babysitting, aged three and four, from their burning house in Hanmer, Ontario. When the fire broke out in the basement, Pearl Shaw was seen by neighbours momentarily exiting the front door of the blazing dwelling, shouting that the children were trapped inside. As others raced to the scene, she dashed back in to try to save the little boy and his sister but the rapidly spreading flames transformed the dwelling into an inferno, foiling any other rescue efforts. Sadly, all three perished in the fire.

Albert Shedrick, M.B., Ville St-Pierre, Quebec
Medal of Bravery

On December 21, 2000, Albert Shedrick saved a three-year-old girl and her two-month-old brother from a fiery death in Ville St-Pierre, Quebec. Mr. Shedrick was babysitting his neighbour's two children when he saw flames shooting out of a bedroom door. Slowed down by his wheelchair, he dropped to the floor and crawled to the little girl, standing near the flames. He then grabbed the infant in his cradle-seat and inched his way toward the building's front porch, some ten meters away, while shouting for help and guiding the little girl toward the exit. Exhausted and suffering from severe burns and smoke inhalation, Mr. Shedrick collapsed as he reached the entrance hall, and he and the baby were rescued by another man. 


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