Durham Regional Police Officers Detective/Constable Paul Stuart and Acting Sergeant Leon Sowa were recently awarded the Medal of Bravery by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada along with two Regional EMS workers.
Acting Sgt. Sowa, D/C Stuart and EMS workers Robin Johnstone and Thomas Martin responded to a report of a suicidal female. The female had attempted to kill herself by barricading herself in a house and then setting it on fire.
The four men entered the home and started a search for the woman. At one point they were forced to leave the home due to thick smoke. Not wanting to give up they reentered the home and located the woman under a desk, hidden by office equipment. The men managed to drag the female, against her will, to safety.
The Governor General presented a total of 35 medals and one Star of Courage at the ceremony at Rideau Hall. The Medal of Bravery is awarded for acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances.
Durham Regional Police is proud to offer its congratulations to the officers for their act of bravery.
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EMS workers and DRP officers receive their medal from the Governor General (JPG file, 321.8K bytes)