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Mike Recognizes Medal of Bravery Recipients
Tuesday, 19 June 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada conferred the Medal of Bravery upon Mr. Rocky Hanson and Mr. Brad Smith, constituents of Edmonton - Mill Woods - Beaumont. Mike Lake, MP for Edmonton - Mill Woods - Beaumont attended the ceremony to offer his congratulations to the award recipients.
On November 11, 2005, Mr. Hanson and Mr. Smith rescued several senior residents from a burning apartment complex in Edmonton. Mr. Smith was visiting his grandmother when he was alerted to a fire in a nearby suite. Without hesitation, he rushed over and, with a fire extinguisher, tried to put out the flames engulfing an unconscious man. Forced to abandon his efforts due to the rapidly spreading fire that ultimately claimed the victim’s life, he retreated outside where he met up with Mr. Hanson, another visitor alerted to the fire. Together, they ran back inside and, although unable to see in the smoke-filled hallways and stairwells, made their way through the three-story building, kicking in doors and evacuating several residents before firefighters arrived and took over.
"Mr. Hanson and Mr. Smith demonstrated extraordinary courage that day, placing their own lives at risk to ensure the safety of others," said Lake. "I commend them for their bravery and congratulate them on receiving this tremendous honour."
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