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Beyond the call – 2 Calgary men are nominated for a bravery award

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The Calgary Fire Department has nominated two men for an award of bravery after they helped evacuate tenants and shoppers from a strip mall that was ablaze on Macleod Trail last month. Gary Bobrovitz has more. – Apr 17, 2017

When fire broke out in a south Calgary strip mall on Macleod Trail March 25, Kaden Clouston and Mackie Martineau sprung into action – banging on doors and helping tenants escape.

Mackie Martineau. Global News
Kaden Clouston. Global Calgary

It was an act of valour the Calgary Fire Department feels is worthy of formal recognition.

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READ MORE: Fire at Calgary strip mall shuts down Macleod Trail

“They have been nominated for the ‘Beyond the Call’ recognition program, where firefighters nominate citizens who respond above and beyond in emergencies and help out and make a real difference at the scene,” said Carol Henke, public information officer for the fire department.

The men are recovering addicts residing at the Calgary Dream Centre, which is located across from the strip mall. The centre provides support to people trying to escape homelessness and addiction.

Calgary Dream Centre. Global News

Others, including a business owner in the strip mall, also want to reward the men.

“We have collected roughly 20 donations so far,” said Blair Fason of Juniper & Teal Wellness Studio.

And so far they’ve collected enough gifts to fill two large baskets for the men.

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“More are expected and the collections are going to the two men that put their lives at risk to come into our burning building to make sure that everyone was out safely,” Fason said.

Gift baskets for two Calgary men nominated for a bravery award. Global News

The Calgary Fire Department said the blaze has been deemed accidental based on a preliminary investigation by the arson unit.

Some of the tenants said repairing and rebuilding the strip mall could take six to eight months.

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