Ottawa, ON – On behalf of Her Excellency, The Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, both Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings-Lennox & Addington and Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament for the Bay of Quinte, are pleased to announce that Mr. James Badgley and Mr. Calvin Stein have both been awarded a Decoration for Bravery.
This prestigious distinction has been awarded to both Mr. Badgley and Mr. Stein for their notable demonstration of determination to save a life by potentially imperiling their own.
On October 2, 2015, Mr. James Badgley dramatically rescued a man from a burning house in Belleville, Ontario. After a damaged gas line exploded and set fire to a nearby neighbor’s home, Mr. Badgley risked his own safety to enter the dwelling, locate the resident and pull this man out to safety.
Enduring dangerous flames and heavy smoke, Mr. Badgley then re-entered the dwelling for a second time to ensure it was empty before finally retreating from the blaze. Both the resident and Mr. Badgley were treated for smoke inhalation and other injuries.
On July 9, 2016 in Tweed, Ontario, Mr. Calvin Stein dramatically rescued a three-year-old girl from being trampled by a team of charging horses which had broken away from their handlers during a demonstration in a fair.
Mr. Stein took immediate action to save a child who was directly in the path of these horses. Seeing the potential danger, he thrust the child to other bystanders and braced himself to absorb the impact, mere seconds after removing the young girl from harm’s way. As a result of exchanging places with her, Mr. Stein sustained severe injuries as the horses dragged him several feet before finally coming to a full stop.
Created by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in 1972, the Decorations for Bravery recognize people who have risked their lives to try to save or protect another person. The Governor General personally bequeaths the Decorations in ceremonies held at Rideau Hall, in Ottawa, or at La Citadelle, in Québec City. They consist of the Cross of Valour, the Star of Courage and the Medal of Bravery.
Today, during a ceremony held at Rideau Hall, the Governor General personally granted the Medal of Bravery to Mr. Badgley and Mr. Stein for their immense courage.
“Calvin has never sought publicity, but he is a true hero. In the sight of danger, he never hesitated. He not only saved a 3 year old child, but potentially many more people, even knowing that he would suffer great injury.”
– Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hasting-Lennox & Addington
“These stories show us all the very brightest and best side of humanity. If you know Calvin or James, thank them for their quick thinking and modesty! If you don’t know them, find a way to be like them—in whatever you do each day.”
– Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament for the Bay of Quinte