Governor General to honour heroes who responded to Ottawa shootings
RCMP officers and Parliament Hill security constables who stopped a lone gunman’s attack in Ottawa on Oct. 22, 2014 will be honoured Monday at a ceremony at Rideau Hall.
Gov. Gen. David Johnston will present six medals of courage and nine medals of bravery to officers who confronted Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who stormed Centre Block with a rifle and was later killed in a shootout. Among those being honoured is Samearn Son, the security guard who was shot in the leg trying to stop Zehaf-Bibeau.
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“This ceremony will pay tribute to the bravery of security services members who responded to the tragic events of Oct. 22, 2014, on Parliament Hill,” the Governor General’s office said in a statement.
The Ottawa shootings began when Zehaf-Bibeau shot and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial on the morning Oct. 22, 2014. He then stormed Centre Block where he was shot and killed near the Library of Parliament in a confrontation with Kevin Vickers, the sergeant-at-arms, and other officers.
The RCMP constables being honoured are: Michelle Bergeron, Gary Bubelis, Somoza Célestin, Martin Fraser, Sylvie Marcoux, Michel Palmer, Patrick Ruest, Herbert Waye, Cpl. Dany Daigle and Sgt. Richard Rozon.
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The House of Commons security officers being recognized are: Const. Louis Létourneau, Maxim Malo, Samearn Son and Charles Thom; and former sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers.
The Medal of Bravery is awarded to “recognize acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances,” while The Star of Courage is given to recognize acts of “conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril.”
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