Heroes Honoured For Fire And Water Rescues

Friday, June 26, 2009 at 13:51



A family from Cowessess First Nation and three youths from Meadow Lake will receive awards for bravery this afternoon.


Norma Sparvier, her son Calvin, and her nephew Andrew Gray will receive a commendation from the Royal Canadian Humane Association at a ceremony in Regina.


All three are being recognized for the part they played in rescuing their 96-year-old neighbour, when his Regina home caught on fire in April 2008.


Three teenage boys will receive bronze medals for saving a mother and her three kids.


Brett Opikokew, Joshua Lasas and Devin Knot pulled the children and their mom out their vehicle, which had overturned in a water-filled ditch.


North Battleford RCMP Cpl. Tim Popp is the Humane Association’s representative for Saskatchewan.


He says people need to hear stories like these more often.


“We don’t recognize our heroes well enough as we should,” says Popp.


“We hear all different things about, you know, the economy’s going down, the gas prices are up, a lot of people are out of work, and if we show what people can do by recognizing them, it makes everyone feel, ‘Hey, this is great that people from Saskatchewan can do this.'”


Lieutenant-Governor Gordon Barnhart will present the awards in a ceremony at Government House this afternoon.


Eight other people are also being honoured.