Local man to get medal for bravery


Local resident Kyle Andrew Griffiths will receive a Medal of Bravery at a ceremony tomorrow in Ottawa.
On June 5, 2012, Griffiths braved intense heat and smoke to pull an unconscious man from a burning vehicle in Emo.
The car had been hit by a train at a railway crossing and was pushed a significant distance down the track before it caught on fire.
Griffiths ran to the vehicle and was able to unlatch the unresponsive driver’s seatbelt and pull him out.
Sadly, the victim did not survive.
Gov.-Gen. David Johnston will present 40 Medals of Bravery at a ceremony at Rideau Hall tomorrow morning.
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 while the Star of Courage (S.C.) recognizes acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril.
The Medal of Bravery (M.B.) recognizes acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances.