KAWARTHA LAKES-On August 31, 2021, Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service responded to a distress call reporting a 12-year-old child trapped in the exhaust tunnel of the generator station at Elliot Falls, Norland.
Volunteer Firefighter Robyn Judd, a Level 3 water rescue professional, navigated the treacherous waters to reach the stranded child according to the province.
With a safety rope attached, she made her way through the tunnel and threw a bag to the child who was pulled to safety.
“This courageous act exemplifies Volunteer Firefighter Judd’s selflessness and unwavering commitment to saving lives.” said officials.
Judd is one of 21 police officers and 13 firefighters honoured with the Ontario Medal for Police Bravery and the Ontario Medal for Firefighter Bravery. The medals are the province’s highest honours and are given to police officers and firefighters who have demonstrated great courage in risking their lives to save the lives of others.
“I have spent much time thinking about the constant risks and dangers that first responders face. Our province has benefitted greatly from their service, and today, we recognize the remarkable bravery of 34 police officers and firefighters from across Ontario,” said the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. “In accepting these medals, I hope that these brave men and women will re-commit themselves to serving the public with integrity, knowing that their accomplishments will help motivate a new generation of Ontarians to join their ranks – looking to follow their example.”
“Ontario is fortunate to be home to the best police officers and firefighters in the country,” said Solicitor General Michael Kerzner. “When confronted with the perils these men and women faced, most of us would have hesitated – they didn’t. They ran toward danger. And for that we honour them with the province’s highest award for bravery – their work is an inspiration to us all. On behalf of a grateful province, we thank them for their dedication to their communities and their extraordinary courage.”
Congratulations and thank you for your service!