Kelowna residents Matt Jackson and Tyler Lockerby will be decorated with a Medal of Bravery Friday morning, for a courageous rescue near Revelstoke, June 29, 2009.
Jackson and Lockerby witnessed a van in front of them strike a concrete barrier and swerve out of control, roll down an embankment and plunge into Griffin Lake.
The two friends stopped their car, ran to the lake and jumped into the frigid waters. They swam out to the vehicle and climbed onto its roof.
Jackson dove under water and pulled three of the victims out through the driver’s-side window.
He passed them to Lockerby who brought them to shore one by one. Advised that a fourth person was still trapped inside the rapidly sinking vehicle, Jackson and Lockerby made their way back.
Unable to pry open the door, they managed to pull the last victim out through the broken front window. They brought the woman to shore and waited until the paramedics arrived. Thanks to the quick and brave actions of Jackson and Lockerby, all four victims survived.
The Decorations for Bravery were created in 1972, to recognize people who risked their lives to try to save or protect the lives of others.
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present two Stars of Courage and 42 Medals of Bravery at a ceremony at Rideau Hall, Friday, Oct.28, at 10:30 a.m.