Canadian Ranger receives medal of bravery for saving lives in house fire

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By Sergeant Peter Moon, 3rd Canadian Rangers Patrol Group

Canadian Ranger Fontaine Fiddler received the Medal of Bravery for saving the lives of six people in a house fire in Sandy Lake, a remote Oji-Cree community 600 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Governor General Julie Payette presented the prestigious medal to Ranger Fiddler in an investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on November 23, 2017.

On April 5, 2016, Ranger Fiddler and Jules Kakekagumick noticed flames at a home where four young children and two adults lived.

The citation read:
“Ranger Fiddler found the family trapped by the flames, so he ran to the back and found a way into the house. He removed four children to safety before re-entering the residence to locate the other victims. All members of the family survived, thanks to Ranger Fiddler’s efforts.”

“We are proud of all our Rangers,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Matthew Richardson, commanding officer of the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group. “And it’s nice that the actions of one of our Rangers has been recognized. Fontaine is certainly deserving of this award and we’re proud he’s been presented with this medal by the Governor General.”

Ranger Fontaine said he was not nervous when entering the burning building, but he was when he stepped in front of the Governor General to receive the medal.

“I was sort of nervous,” he said. “She congratulated me and asked how long I’ve been a Ranger and I told her 14 years. She said she was a big fan of the Rangers.”

“I wasn’t expecting to get anything when I did what I did at the fire,” Ranger Fontaine said. “I just wanted to make sure they were all safe.”

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