Some of Calgary’s bravest residents were recognized for the actions they took when fellow Calgarians’ lives were in imminent danger.
A total of 21 people were honoured by the Calgary Fire Department for acting heroically, with certificates and medals being given out at Thursday events.
“It’s a privilege to recognize these extraordinary citizens today,” said Fire Chief Dongworth in a release.
“All of these individuals went above and beyond for their fellow Calgarians — a true reflection of the great city we live in.”
The awards received were certificates of appreciation for individuals who provided first aid or an act of kindness to emergency victims, certificates of recognition to those who made a significant effort to help in an emergency where people or property were in danger, and medals of bravery for those who risked their own well-being to save another individual in an emergency situation.
Among the recipients was Melissa Paquette, who saved the life of a man by administering CPR after he collapsed on a Calgary transit platform; Dustin Hansen, who saved a dog from downing by jumping into a lake in November; Raymond Fang, who broke a window to pull a woman out of a burning car; and Margaret Bell, who saved a young man from drowning at the Glenmore Reservoir.
These four are only a few of the heroes honoured for their actions over the past year. Here’s the full list: