Lake Country deputy fire chief recognized for bravery

Lake Country deputy fire chief Brent Penner has received the Bronze Medal for Bravery. - Photo submitted
Lake Country deputy fire chief Brent Penner has received the Bronze Medal for Bravery.
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Lake Country’s deputy fire chief has been recognized for trying to save a life.

On Tuesday, Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon presented Brent Penner with the Bronze Medal for Bravery from the Royal Canadian Humane Association for his actions Dec. 19, 2012 in attempting to rescue a woman from a submerged vehicle on Wood Lake.

“I’m very honoured to receive this award,” said Penner.

“Everyone involved worked so hard in the rescue trying to achieve a successful outcome.  I was most impressed by the valiant efforts of passing motorists that stopped to help, with little regard for their own safety.”

On that day in December 2012, several witnesses and emergency personnel attempted to rescue a driver from her vehicle which was submerged about eight feet under in the frigid water about 15 feet from the shore on Wood Lake near Ponderosa Road.

With the assistance of various motorists, police and fire personnel, the driver was removed and rushed by ambulance to the hospital, but could not be resuscitated.

A number of the rescuers were treated for hypothermia and Highway 97 was closed for several hours as a result of the single-vehicle accident.


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