Written by Lt Pier-Olivier Lessard-Godbout, 2 Troop Commander, 11 Field Sqn, 1 CER
On November 2nd 2015, Cpl Charland and Cpl Joseph Isaac (1 CER), accompanied by civilian recipients Dustin Bill and Jarrett Desrosiers, were given the Bronze Medal for Bravery from the Royal Canadian Humane Association at the Edmonton Police Service Headquarters. These four members were part of a meritorious group of thirty-two people who received commendations ranging from Honorary Testimonial up to the Silver Medal for Bravery. All of these honourees were cited for acts of bravery, occurring over the past two years. Adding to the prestige, these awards were given by Her Honour, the Honourable Lois Mitchell, CM, AOE, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.
Bravery medals are awarded to those who have shown their willingness to sacrifice themselves to save others. The citation read at the ceremony was as follows:
“On June 22, 2014 around 2:00 a.m. a patron in an Edmonton bar was being assaulted and viciously stabbed to death with a large knife. Dustin Bill, Guilliaume Charland, Jarrett Desrosiers and Joseph Isaac, employees who were working in the bar, witnessed the brutal assault. Despite being previously warned of the dangers of intervening in situations where weapons are involved, all four men jumped on the accused, disarmed him, pinned him down and held him until police arrived. The victim received severe life-threatening injuries but survived due to the heroic actions of these fourmen who could not stand back and watch a man die.”
Source: Edmonton Police Service Media Releases, 02 Nov 15, 8:45 AM.