Presentation of Decorations of Bravery at the Citadelle of Québec (Governor General of Canada website)
The RCMP in Quebec is proud that two of its police officers were presented Medals of Bravery in recognition of the bravery they demonstrated during the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
During a ceremony at the Citadelle of Québec, yesterday, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston presented the decorations of bravery to Staff Sergeant Pierre Pellerin and Constable Paul-André Rodrigue in recognition of the assistance and support they provided, while risking their own lives, to the people of Haiti in the wake of the tragic events.
Messrs. Pellerin and Rodrigue were both part of a humanitarian mission in Haiti during the earthquake that left more than 230,000 people dead, 300,000 injured and 1.2 million homeless. After miraculously surviving the collapse of the buildings in which they were working, they did not hesitate, in the moments following the disaster, to help with the rescue effort. Despite the chaos and lack of resources, officers Pellerin and Rodrigue remained calm, used their emergency skills training and persevered in their search, demonstrating outstanding human compassion and bravery.
The RCMP would like to take this opportunity to salute all police officers conducting humanitarian missions in various countries worldwide, and all people who every day risk their lives to protect that of others.
From left to right: Sergeant Claude Cuillerier (SPVM), Constable Yves Leclerc (SPVM), Sergeant Martin R. LeBlanc (Ottawa), Sergeant Jacques Marcheterre (RCMP Ottawa), The Right Honourable David Johnston, Staff Sergeant Pierre Pellerin (RCMP in Quebec), Constable Paul-André Rodrigue (RCMP in Quebec), Sergeant Denis Roy (SPVM), Detective-Sergeant Benoit Vigeant (SPVM). Photographer: MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall - Office of the Secretary to the Governor General - copy of the version available at gg.ca