Posted on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 11:55 a.m.
Embrun man receives Governor General Medal of Bravery
On December 5, 2015, two children, twins, were trapped in a smoldering high-rise apartment on Caldwell avenue in Ottawa. On duty that day, fire chief Donald Smith didn’t hesitate a second. He ran into the blazing inferno along with three civilians and saved the two children.
In recognition of his courage, Smith, who is now retired and lives in Embrun, was recently awarded a Medal of Bravery, along with the three civilians, from Canada’s Governor General Julie Payette. The ceremony was held at Rideau Hall on Thursday, November 23.
“It was definitely one of the highlights of my career,” said Smith, recounting the event. The children’s mother was locked outside of the unit. Smith and the three other men, Samson Agboegbulem, Samir Al-Rubaiy and Montell Russell, forced their way inside, using a fire extinguisher to break down the door. Having to retreat several times from the apartment due to the amount of smoke, the men persisted and kept returning inside the unit in search of the children.