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THUNDER BAY -- Five city police officers will receive national medals of bravery.
The five officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service will be among 43 people receiving medals from the Governor General of canada in Ottawa on Thursday.
Gov.-Gen. David Johnston will present one star of courage and 42 medals of bravery in recognition of people who have risked their lives to try and save protect the lives of others.
Const. Kevin Carroll, James Arthur Elvish, Clark McKever, Kenneth Ogima and Jason Rybak will each be presented a medal of Bravery in recognition of their bravery during a water rescue in 2010.
At about 10:30 p.m. on May 26, 2010, city police, paramedics and firefighter responded to a reported vehicle in the water at Marina Park.
Despite the low visibility, the officers located the wreck as it sank into Lake Superior, smashed out the windows and pulled the victim to safety.
"These officers symbolize what it takes to serve and protect our community,” said police chief J.P Levesque of the incident that earned his officers their pending medals. “A life was saved because these members put their own lives at risk."
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