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Okanagan Mountie recognized for bravery

A local Mountie was recently presented with the Medal of Bravery for selfless actions during a fatal 2009 crash.

At Rideau Hall, Oct. 12, the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston,presented bravery decorations to deserving women and men who selflessly put their own lives at risk in order to save or protect the life of another.

One of those RCMP members receiving the Medal of Bravery was the local Detachment Commander for the Lake Country RCMP, Sgt. Scott Rempel, MB.

"After witnessing a vehicle collision near Vernon in 2009, Sgt. Rempel along with several other bystanders ran to help the occupants who were trapped in the vehicles which had caught fire," said Const. Kris Clark.

"Sgt. Rempel broke the window and climbed into one of the vehicles to pull the disoriented driver out. Despite his efforts, and those of others at the scene, the driver did not survive."

Sgt. Rempel was one of four RCMP members honoured whose acts of bravery are a testament to the risks our members take and the noble acts our members perform every day, not for recognition but out of a dedication to keeping Canadians safe.

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