BY CLAIRE CUDAHY
Several Red Lake community members were recognized for bravery by the OPP at an awards ceremony in Thunder Bay on June 10.
Civilian Chris Jobson, Paramedics Gordon Pollard and Derek Hamilton, and OPP Constables Matthew Gee, Joey Machura, and Shannon McGale received the Commissioner’s Citation for Bravery for their roles in saving a Madsen man after a section of Hwy 618 collapsed under his truck due to a road washout last June.
Jobson came across the scene on his way to work just before 4 a.m. He jumped in the water and opened the passenger door to let some water out before calling 911. Jobson then stood on the truck and waved a flashlight to warn other vehicles.
While on patrol, Constables Machura and McGale came upon the accident and assisted Jobson while they waited for backup to arrive.
At one point the truck began to wash away, and the team of police officers, paramedics, and other first responders had to tie the truck with a rope to another vehicle.
“In policing you never know what you’re going to deal with on a day-to-day basis. Coming across a scene like that you just remember your training and past experiences,” said Machura.
OPP Commissioner Vince Hawkes presented the Citation for Bravery to those involved in the rescue.
“I was extremely proud. It’s an honour and it’s really incredible to be recognized, but at the same time I feel like every police officer across this province could be recognized for this award,” said McGale. “There are so many situations that officers, paramedics, firefighters, and civilians put themselves in every day and don’t receive recognition for it.”
Sergeant Bryan Boshold also received the Commissioner’s Citation for Bravery for an incident that took place while he worked at the Bruce Peninsula Detachment. Boshold and another officer waded through rough water to rescue a couple whose sailboat had run aground in a remote area on Lake Huron.