'Hummer hero' awarded bravery medal
Royal Canadian Humane Association honours 26 heroes across the province
A man who drove his Hummer into the path of a speeding car to prevent it from hitting four pedestrians near Bonnie Doon Mall in August was recognized for his bravery on Monday.
Darrell Krushelnicki is one of 26 people receiving medals of bravery from the Royal Canadian Humane Association for heroic actions across the province.
A group of teens was crossing the street when a car driven by a suspected distracted driver barrelled toward them.
Krushelnicki reacted instinctively, he said, driving his Hummer into the path of the car.
"It was a situation again where many things could have gone wrong and I believe the absolute best thing took place," he said. "Twisted metal is just that — it can be replaced and the lives can't."
"I wanted to come down here and say thank you for what he did 'cause he didn't actually have to do that," said Kyle McInnes, one of the teens saved by Krushelnicki.
Krushelnicki doesn't consider himself a hero.
"It simply was one of those scenarios where you could see what was going to happen just before it was happening and I just reacted," he said. "I just reacted the way I believe anybody would."
Two others honoured at the ceremony were Tyler Fowler and Dion Lefebvre who helped save a man and a boy in a crash on Highway 63 near Wandering River on April 27th that claimed seven lives.
Lefebvre pulled three-year-old Timothy Wheaton out of a burning vehicle. He also helped rescue Faith Kondusky-Sennett, 11, from the second burning truck. The 11-year-old later died in hospital.
Fowler, who was passing by the scene with his father, pulled Mark Penney, the only other survivor, to safety.
Lefebvre said the events of the day went through his head as he went up to accept his medal on Monday.
"I would like to think that if my family or my kids were in a similar situation, somebody would be there to help them," he said.
Also honoured on Monday were Len Chisholm and Mark Lohse, who plucked former Edmonton Oiler anthem singer Paul Lorieau from the cold waters of Kinbasket Lake near Valemont, B.C., last August.