Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Barrington Teen Honoured for Bravery

(photo, courtesy of Government of NS)

-- A teenager from Barrington is one of four Nova Scotians to be awarded the medal of bravery today, (Nov. 17,) for putting their lives at risk to help others. : In June 2009, 15-year-old Daniel Blinkhorn escaped from his burning home, then returned to rescue his mother.. Blinkhorn acted quickly and was able to get his mother out safely. In November 2009, Jerome Tracey of  Port Hawkesbury ran into a burning home across the street to wake his neighbours and get them to safety. He then realized the house next door was also on fire and banged on the door to wake everyone up. Steven Wilton of New Waterford ran for help after an Acadian Lines bus he was travelling on crashed into the Tracadie River last January. Wilton got out of the partially submerged bus, ran up a snowy embankment and flagged down passing motorists who called 911, allowing for the rescue of five passengers. In May 2009, Colin Brownell of Pugwash was travelling along Highway 6 in Linden when he pulled the occupant of a burning car to safety.
                Premier Darrell Dexter who awarded the bravery medals praised the recipients for their selfless acts of courage that saved the lives of others. Recipients were selected by an advisory panel chaired by Constance Glube, former Chief Justice of Nova Scotia.