Two students who stopped a classmate's machete attack in their Eastern College classroom in Fredericton in January 2014 were among three New Brunswickers to receive Medals of Bravery from Gov. Gen. David Johnston on Monday.
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Sylvain Christian Pedneault of Burton and James Blair Raoul of Fredericton were in class on Jan. 20, 2014, when fellow student Luke Powers arrived late to class and took a machete out of his bag.
"After striking Mr. Raoul several times in the head with a machete, the assailant turned on the teacher," states a news release from the office of the Governor General. "Despite his wounds, Mr. Raoul attempted to stop the attack by flipping a table onto the assailant. He then tackled the man to the floor outside the room, where Mr. Pedneault helped wrestle him into submission."
Three people were sent to hospital from injuries sustained in the attack.
Powers, 31, was found not criminally responsible for his actions because of a mental disorder and sent to the Restigouche Hospital Center in Campbellton for treatment, under the jurisdiction of the New Brunswick Board of Review.
Fredericton police officer honoured
Also receiving a Medal of Bravery at Monday's ceremony at the Citadelle in Quebec City was Const. Michael Dean Fox of the Fredericton Police Force.
Fox rescued a suicidal man who had climbed over the guardrail of the walking bridge across the St. John River.
"While several bystanders were attempting to talk the man back over the rail, Constable Fox quietly moved in beside him without being seen," states the Governor General's release. "He then jumped forward to restrain the man by pinning him against the railing and wrapping his arms around him until other officers arrived to help."