OPP officer saluted for bravery

Stemming from an incident that occurred while he was off-duty in the summer of 2006, Cst. Dan Bailey, a K-9 officer with the Rainy River District OPP detachment, received a medal of bravery from the province Friday afternoon.
Lt.-Gov. David C. Onley invested a total of 14 police officers and eight firefighters with medals at a Queen’s Park ceremony while Safety and Correctional Services minister Rick Bartolucci presented framed certificates.
These medals of bravery are the province’s highest award in recognition of police officers and firefighters whose actions demonstrate courage and bravery in the line of duty.
As first reported in Friday’s Daily Bulletin, Cst. Bailey’s story goes back to Aug. 1, 2006. While visiting his brother’s home in Elgin County, he heard a “thumping” noise outside, similar to a car hitting the pavement.
He looked on the road and saw a car upside down and on fire.
Cst. Bailey approached the car and found two women inside—hanging upside down in their seatbelts.
He cut the driver’s seatbelt with his knife and was able to drag her out of the vehicle to safety.
Cst. Bailey then returned to the vehicle where the passenger was trapped, her hand pinned to the ground under the car.
He crawled back into the car and managed to get the passenger out.
While the passenger survived, the driver later died in hospital.
Editor’s note: Cst. Bailey could not be reached for comment as he was away as of press time.