Medals of Bravery awarded to 3 New Brunswickers

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.

Fredericton police officer and 2 Eastern College students receive honour from Governor General

Thirty-one Medals of Bravery were presented today by Gov. Gen. David Johnston. Three New Brunswickers were among the recipients.

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.

James Blair Raoul received a Medal of Bravery from Governor General David Johnston Monday at the Citadelle of Québec. (CBC)
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."

Sylvain Christian Pedneault received the Medal of Bravery, presented by Governor General David Johnston at the Citadelle of Québec on Monday. (CBC)
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.

Constable Michael Dean Fox of the Fredericton Police Force received a Medal of Bravery for his part in a rescue on Sept. 4, 2013. (CBC)
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."

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