Calgary Fire Department honours brave citizens and firefighters
Twelve citizens and four Calgary firefighters were honoured by the Calgary Fire Department today at the Recognition Luncheon, thanking them for their outstanding bravery for saving a woman from drowning in the Bow River, rescuing a woman from a car fire, providing CPR to a victim of a motor vehicle collision and more.
Calgary Fire Chief Ken Uzeloc presented the 16 courageous Calgarians with coins, a Medal of Bravery or certificates in recognition of their heroic actions, helping others at an emergency situation attended by the Fire Department.
“Calgarians are famous for helping out, as we genuinely care about each other,” said Deputy Mayor Jim Stevenson. “Today’s recipients, who we are celebrating today, have taken caring for others to new heights. They have gone above and beyond, and in some cases, put themselves in danger to help those in need.”
Among the award recipients are City of Calgary Transit Officers D’Arcy Hare and Ian (Bob) Hope. They were recognized with a Medal of Bravery for rescuing a woman they spotted in distress in the Bow River in Feb. 2014.
“Not all people have the wherewithal to respond and jump into an emergency situation to help others,” said Fire Chief Uzeloc. “This is why these recipients are so special, and why I am so proud to thank these Calgarians and recognize them for true acts of bravery.”
Other courageous acts recognized by the Fire Department included golfer Josh Gardner, who rescued a man from a car which had crashed into a water hazard at a Calgary golf course; and two off-duty Calgary firefighters who assisted at a multi-vehicle incident.
All of the individuals honoured today were nominated by members of the Fire Department and were reviewed by the Fire Department’s Recognition Committee. Recipients were recognized in one of three categories: appreciation, recognition or commendation. Recipients recognized in the commendation category received a Calgary Fire Department Medal of Bravery.
Members of the public can nominate worthy firefighters or citizens for recognition by contacting 311. For more information on the Calgary Fire Department, please visit www.calgary.ca/fire.
The Fire Department Recognition Luncheon – 2014 Recipients
Appreciation - Recognizes individuals for providing basic first aid or an act of kindness to a victim at an emergency attended by the Calgary Fire Department.
- Calgary Fire Department Captain Mark Allard and Calgary Firefighter Doug Peters
- Calgary Fire Department Captain Rouge Ashmead
Recognition – Acknowledges individuals for their significant effort to help at an emergency attended by the Calgary Fire Department where people or property, were in danger.
- Meredith DeCock and Douglas Haney
- Calgary Firefighter Erasmo Gutierrez
- Greg Wells and Lance Kampela
- Marlene Hanes
- David Mikhayel
Commendation/Medal of Bravery – Recognizes individuals for proactively intervening at an emergency attended by the Calgary Fire Department and risking personal injury to save another individual.
- Jordan Palmer and Tanner Jennings
- Josh Gardner
- D’Arcy Hare and Ian Hope
- Stuart Harris