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Three Smiths Falls Police officers receive bravery honours from Governor General for actions during Pearl St. Fire

by | Feb 15, 2019 | Local News | 0 comments

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Three members of the Smiths Falls Police Service have been awarded bravery honours from the Governor General.

Back on April 28th, 2017, the officers were among first responders to race to a fire at an apartment complex on Pearl St. in the town.

When they got there, the building was fully engulfed, but they went in anyway to make sure everyone inside had gotten out safely. However, while inside they found a woman trapped in her apartment on the top floor. They got her out and brought her to safety.

The three officers were awarded the Medal of Bravery by the Governor General of Canada – the third highest award for bravery issued under the Canadian Honours System – for their actions that likely saved the woman’s life.

On Thursday, Sergeant Paul Klassen and Constable Dan King attended a ceremony at the Citadelle in Quebec City, where they were presented with their medals by Her Excellency Julie Payette, the Governor General of Canada.

Constable Michael Gallagher had also been awarded the Medal of Bravery, but was unable to attend the ceremony.

The Smiths Falls Police Service say they are proud of the actions of these officers and pleased with the recognition they have received.

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