Thursday, October 11, 2012

VicPD Officers to be Recognized with Medals of Bravery #yyj @Vicpdcanada

October 11, 2012

Victoria BC – The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced yesterday that two VicPD officers will be awarded the Medal of Bravery tomorrow at Rideau Hall.

Det. Sgt. Brad Fraser and Det. Cst. Sandi Begg were amongst the 44 announced recipients of the Medals of Bravery. The ceremony will take place on Friday, October 12 beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Both were recognized for their bravery and life-saving actions in separate off-duty events that occurred in 2009. Fraser’s common-law wife, Jacquie Vanderwood, also received the Medal of Bravery.

“This is a tremendous honour and deserving recognition for Sandi, Brad and Jacquie,” said VicPD Chief Constable Jamie Graham. “Their courageous acts while off-duty best exemplify the commitment of our men and women make to helping others.”

On January 29, 2009, Detective Constable Brad Fraser, of the Victoria Police Department, and Jacqueline Vanderwood rescued an injured woman from a damaged vehicle following a head-on collision, near Valemount, British Columbia. Detective Constable Fraser and Ms. Vanderwood were driving by when they spotted the wrecked cars: smoke billowed from the engines and fuel leaked onto the pavement. The occupants of the first vehicle had not survived the collision, but the three passengers in the second car were still alive.

While other passersby pried open the front doors to retrieve the driver and front passenger, Detective Constable Fraser crawled through a small opening of the rear door to reach a woman in the back seat. Fearing that the fuel could catch fire at any moment, Detective Constable Fraser quickly untied the woman’s seat belt and, with the help of Ms. Vanderwood, carried her to safety. All three victims of the second vehicle survived.

On November 17, 2009, Constable Sandi Begg, of the Victoria Police Department, rescued her sister from a possible drowning in Bilston Creek, in Metchosin, British Columbia. Constable Begg was walking with her sister and her dogs along the river when one of the dogs ran into the water and began to struggle against the strong current.

Her sister ran in to grab the animal, but the woman’s feet were swept out from under her and she disappeared beneath the surface. Constable Begg ran in after her, holding on to a large overhanging branch with one hand and grabbing her sister with the other. With much effort, she was able to pull her sister to safety.

The Decorations for Bravery were created in 1972. They recognize people who risk their lives and choose to defy their own instinct of survival to try to save a loved one or a perfect stranger whose life is in immediate danger. The Medal of Bravery (M.B.) recognizes acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances.

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