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Fireman honoured for bravery

A member of the Lake Country Fire Department has been honoured for bravery.

Deputy fire chief Brent Penner was awarded the Bronze Medal for Bravery from the Royal Canadian Humane Association at a ceremony Tuesday in Surrey.

It was on a cold December day, just before Christmas 2012, when several witnesses and emergency personnel attempted to rescue a woman from her vehicle. The SUV was submerged about eight feet under the frigid water of Wood Lake, approximately 15 feet from the shore near Ponderosa Road. 

With the assistance of various motorists, police, and fire personnel, the driver was removed and rushed by ambulance to the hospital, but could not be resuscitated. 

A number of the rescuers were treated for hypothermia and Highway 97 was closed for several hours as a result of the single vehicle fatal accident. 

“I’m very honoured to receive this award,” said Penner. 

“Everyone involved worked so hard in the rescue trying to achieve a successful outcome. I was most impressed by the valiant efforts of passing motorists that stopped to help, with little regard for their own safety.” 

The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and Patron of the Royal Canadian Humane Association presented the award to Penner, along with other BC bravery award recipients at an Investiture Ceremony at RCMP Headquarters in Surrey.

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