Two Victoria police department officers are among 44 people receiving Medals of Bravery today from Gov. Gen. David Johnston.
Det. Sgt. Brad Fraser and Det. Const. Sandi Begg will be honoured at a ceremony in Ottawas Rideau Hall, along with Frasers common-law wife Jacquie Vanderwood.
The Medal of Bravery recognizes acts of courage in the face of hazardous circumstances, and is part of the Decorations for Bravery program created in 1972.
Fraser and Vanderwood are receiving their medals for rescuing a woman injured in a 2009 head-on collision near Valemount, about 320 kilometres north of Kamloops.
The occupants in one of the vehicles were killed, but three people in the other vehicle were alive and trapped inside.
As others who stopped at the scene pried open the front doors to get two people out, Fraser crawled through a small opening to get to a woman in the back seat. He did so despite the fact that leaking fuel posed a fire danger.
Fraser got the womans seat belt undone and Vanderwood helped get her to safety.
Beggs heroics also came in 2009 when a dog-walking trek with her sister along Metchosins Bilston Creek turned ugly.
The trouble started when Walshs dog went into the water and got caught in an undertow. Walsh scrambled in after the animal and was also pulled under.
The dog was sucked into a culvert, and Walsh was in danger of getting dragged in, too. Begg managed to get to her
sister, tightly holding on to a tree in one hand and Walsh with the other.
Walsh thought she was a goner, but her sister managed to pull her to safety.
The dogs body was retrieved later.
Victoria police Chief Jamie Graham said all of the local awards are well-deserved.
Their courageous acts while off-duty best exemplify the commitment our men and women make to helping others, he said in a statement.
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