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REPORTING · 4th March 2015
Walter McFarlane
On Friday, March 6th, the Governor General, the Right Honourable David Johnston will be presenting Decorations for Bravery to 40 Canadians at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Three of these awards have a local flavour to them.

“Created in 1972, Decorations for Bravery recognize people who risked their lives to try to save or protect the lives of others. The Cross of Valour (C.V.) recognizes acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril; the Star of Courage (S.C.) recognizes acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril; and the Medal of Bravery (M.B.) recognizes acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances,” reads a press release issued today.

On a slippery day, in December, 2012, there was a fiery incident on Highway 37. A car had struck an oncoming truck and ignited. A passenger in the vehicle, Kevin Dawson from Kitimat was able to get out on his own.

Three Ironworkers, who were also traveling the highway, John and Jacob Tyler from Coboconk and Binbrook Ontario and Dale Corey Hession from Calgary and Rocky Mountain House Alberta, came to the aid of Bobby Weir who was still trapped inside.

“Despite the heat, smoke and flames, the rescuers were able to free the victim and carry him a safe distance away,” reads the press release.

According to the release, the three heroes will be awarded the Medal of Bravery.