Five officers from the Thunder Bay Police Service will receive medals from the Governor General of Canada in Ottawa Thursday.

Constables Kevin Carroll, James Arthur Elvish, Clark McKever, Kenneth Ogima and Jason Rybak will each be presented a Medal of Bravery in recognition of their actions during a water rescue in 2010.

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The rescue took place around 10:30 p.m. on May 26, after Thunder Bay Police, E.M.S. and Fire services responded to a reported vehicle in the water at Marina Park.

Despite the low visibility, the officers located the wreck as it sank into Lake Superior, smashed out the windows and pulled a woman to safety.

"These officers symbolize what it takes to serve and protect our community,” said Chief J.P. Levesque. “A life was saved because these members put their own lives at risk."

Governor General of Canada David Johnston will present the medals to the officers during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on April 24.

The Medal of Bravery recognizes acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances.