(PHOTO: Terrance Davidson, and his son Geoffrey received a Certificate of Valour for their actions to save a man’s life in January 2016. Photo via Ottawa Police Service – Imaging.)
(via Ottawa Police)
On Monday, Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau and Ottawa Police Services Board Chair Eli El-Chantiry hosted the 2017 Community Police Awards Ceremony at Ben Franklin Place.
Two Stittsville residents were among the recipients of a Certificate of Valour, awarded to people who, in an act of personal bravery or highly-meritorious service, provided assistance to another individual.
On January 5, 2016, Terrance Davidson, and his son Geoffrey, came across a demolished vehicle in the ditch of a isolated section of a road. They checked the vehicle and found no one inside.
Instead of leaving the scene, they scaled down the embankment and entered the knee deep ice-water where they discovered the driver face down and unresponsive in the water.
Further soaking themselves, they dragged the driver out of the water, up the embankment, and placed him in the recovery position. They covered the driver with whatever dry clothing they had left to prevent further shock setting in.
They were able to get the driver to open his eyes and kept him conscious until paramedics arrived. Despite their wet conditions and cold temperatures, they remained on scene answering questions for emergency personnel.
Had the Davidsons not stopped and reacted so quickly without regard for their own safety, the driver of the vehicle would certainly have perished.