Nfld. & Labrador

2 Labradorians honoured for bravery and courage by Governor General

Const. Curtis Barrett, an RCMP officer who is believed to have fired the fatal shots that killed Michael Zehaf-Bibeau on Parliament Hill in 2014, was recognized by the Governor General on Friday.

Curtis Barrett, James Andersen received medals on Friday

Two Labrador men were honoured for their courage and bravery at the Decorations for Bravery awards in Ottawa on Friday. (CBC)

A Labrador native who was instrumental in killing the armed attacker on Parliament Hill in 2014 was recognized on Friday.

RCMP Const. Curtis Barrett, from Labrador City, was granted a Star of Courage by Gov. Gen. David Johnston on Friday morning in Ottawa.

Barrett was one of the police officers who shot at Michael Zehaf-Bibeau on Oct. 22, 2014 after Zehaf-Bibeau shot and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial and ran into Centre Block.

Labrador man who helped stop Parliament Hill attacker in 2014 honoured

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Const. Curtis Barrett, an RCMP officer who is believed to have fired the fatal shots that killed Michael Zehaf-Bibeau on Parliament Hill in 2014, was recognized by the Governor General on Friday. 2:48

According to the award citation from Rideau Hall, Barrett was one of the officers who charged down the Hall of Honour in a tactical formation, and Barrett "walked directly toward the gunman while also firing his weapon."

CBC News has reported that Barrett fired the fatal shots at close range that killed the man.

"The collective actions of [Barrett and other security officers] brought the incident to an end in less than three minutes, and avoided further tragedy," said the award citation.

Labrador life-saver

James Andersen, a man from Nain, was also honoured on Friday.

Andersen received a Medal of Bravery from the Governor General for his actions in helping to save two people whose snowmobile had gone through the ice near Nain Bay in May 2015.

James Andersen receives Medal of Bravery

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James Andersen received a Medal of Bravery from the Governor General for his actions in helping to save two people whose snowmobile had fallen through the ice near Nain Bay in May 2015. 0:58

"Witnessing the Skidoo sink ahead of him, Mr. Andersen used a sled attached to his snowmobile to get closer to the edge of the hole," read the citation from Rideau Hall.

"He grabbed the first victim by her jacket and threw a rope for the second victim to pull himself out. Mr. Andersen then brought the victims back to shore on his snowmobile to care for them."

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