Victoria Firefighter Awarded Medal of Bravery

At a presentation this morning at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Victoria firefighter Cody Gidney was awarded a Medal of Bravery by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. Established in 1972, the Medal of Bravery recognizes people who have risked their lives to try to save or protect the lives of others in hazardous circumstances.

On November 12, 2012, Cody Gidney rescued two men who were in danger of drowning off the island of Kauai, Hawaii. Gidney grabbed a body board and a life ring and swam out more than 100 metres to reach the men. He pushed the body board towards the stronger man who then made it back to the beach on his own. After giving the life ring to the second man, Gidney fought his way out of the rip current and towed him to shore.

In 2010, fellow Victoria firefighter Chad Verch was awarded the Medal of Bravery after saving three people from a possible drowning in Mexico.

(Photo courtesy of Sgt Ronald Duchesne, Rideau Hall, OSGG)