Statement to the House of Commons

February 14, 2013

Mr. Speaker

In late July 2010, Drew Bertrend was resting on his couch in Brockville, Ontario in my riding of Leeds-Grenville, when a neighbor pounded on his door and said there were three boys in trouble on the St. Lawrence River.

Their canoe had flipped.

Calling on his military rescue training, Drew ran down a nearby dock and swam out to help them.

The oldest, an 18 year old, was able to get himself into shore while Drew physically hauled the others, a 16 year old, and a panicked 13 year old, to safety.

Although he had heard horror stories of people being drowned while trying to rescue others, he pushed his own fear aside as he pulled the struggling youngsters to safety.

Last Friday, Drew received the Medal of Bravery for his heroic efforts from the Governor General at a ceremony at Rideau Hall.

On behalf of all Canadians I wish to acknowledge and congratulate Drew Bertrend for his selfless act that saved the lives of two others.