Maritime soldiers to get Medal of Valour
Two Maritime soldiers are due to receive Medals of Military Valour.
Cpl. Bradley Casey of Pugwash, Nova Scotia and Pte. Tony Rodney Vance Harris of Pennfield, N.B., will travel to Quebec City later this month to receive the honour at a ceremony with four other Canadian soldiers.
On Feb. 18, 2010, Casey was stationed in Afghanistan when he risked his life to provide treatment to a wounded Afghan National Army soldier.
"With bullets striking around him, he provided critical treatment and transported the casualty to the medical evacuation helicopter," said a news release.
"Despite being under constant fire, Cpl. Casey never wavered from his task, ensuring the provision of exceptional medical care to a fellow soldier."
On Nov. 23, 2009, Harris was at Forward Operating Base Wilson in Afghanistan, when insurgents unleashed a mortar attack.
"Without regard for his own safety, he ran to the scene of the impact and provided first aid to American soldiers," said the release. "Noticing another soldier trapped inside a burning sea container, Pte. Harris went to his aid, single-handedly pulled him to safety and rendered life-saving first-aid as rounds continued to fall."
The Medal of Military Valour is awarded for an act of valour or devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy.
Other recipients include:
Lt. Guillaume Frédéric Caron, Rimouski, Que.
Capt. Michael A. MacKillop, M.M.V., C.D., Calgary, Alta.
Master Cpl. Gilles-Remi Mikkelson, M.M.V., Bella Coola, B.C.
Master Cpl. Marc-André J. M. Rousseau, M.M.V., La Sarre, Que.