MP O’Toole Awards Local Hero with Community Service Medallion

O’Toole honours Courtice resident who saved trapped driver in fiery accident

Ottawa, ON – The Governor General of Canada His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston held a special ceremony in Ottawa for the Presentation of the Decorations for Bravery. Erin O’Toole, the Member of Parliament for Durham, attended the ceremony to congratulate Medal of Bravery recipient, Constable Chris Stribopoulos, a resident of Courtice.

In December 2011 a motor vehicle travelling at dangerous speed ran a red light and crashed into a taxi cab entering the intersection on the green light. Both vehicles burst into flames and the driver of the speeding vehicle fled the scene leaving the taxi driver trapped inside his cab. Working with his partner, Constable Chris Stribopoulos, Durham resident and a member of the Toronto Police Service put his own life in imminent danger to rescue the trapped taxi driver.

Following the ceremony MP O’Toole awarded Constable Stribopoulos with a Community Service Medallion for his heroism.


“I’m always encouraged by people rising to the challenge during extraordinary circumstances. Constable Stribopoulos is the perfect recipient for the Medal of Bravery. By recognizing his heroism, we are acknowledging the tremendous service of the men and women in our Emergency Services.”

-Erin O’Toole, Member of Parliament for Durham

Background: The Governor General of Canada’s Decorations for Bravery

Decorations for Bravery recognize people who risked their lives to try to save or protect another. The Decorations were created by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1972. The governor general personally presents the Decorations in ceremonies held at Rideau Hall, in Ottawa, or at La Citadelle, in Québec City. They consist of the Cross of Valour, the Star of Courage and the Medal of Bravery. The Medal of Bravery recognizes acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances. It is a circular silver medal: on the obverse of which is a maple leaf surrounded by a wreath of laurel, and on the reverse of which appear the Royal Cipher and Crown and the inscription BRAVERY.BRAVOURE.

MP Erin O'Toole with Constable Chris Stribopoulos

MP Erin O’Toole with Constable Chris Stribopoulos

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