Lumby Mayor Kevin Acton (left) presents a certificate of commendation to Paul McMann on behalf of Canada’s governor general.

Lumby Mayor Kevin Acton (left) presents a certificate of commendation to Paul McMann on behalf of Canada’s governor general.

Resident recognized for rescue

Paul McMann earns certificate of commendation on behalf of Gov.-Gen. David Johnston

A Lumby man has been recognized for his effort in rescuing motorists in a fiery crash.

Mayor Kevin Acton presented Paul McMann with a certificate of commendation on behalf of Gov.-Gen. David Johnston during Monday’s council meeting.

“It’s really quite something. I never expected anything to come of it,” said McMann.

McMann and his son Stephen were travelling on  Highway 97, between Vernon and Oyama, July 29, 2009 when they witnessed a motor vehicle accident.

“We were right behind the one guy and we got out to see if we could help,” said McMann.

Both vehicles had caught fire and the McManns and others were able to pull the drivers out of the  vehicles.

McMann says he was never concerned about being at risk.

“We had to do what we could to help,” he said.

One of the drivers died from injuries sustained in the crash.

In a letter to McMann, Johnson’s office congratulated him for his efforts.

“Your  selfless actions are an inspiration to others and represent a high form of citizenship of which you can be very proud,” said Emmanuelle Sajous, deputy secretary.

Stephen McMann, who lives in Cherryville, will also receive a certificate of commendation at a future date, as will Donald Cummins and Tyler Marchen, who also provided assistance during the accident.

Sgt. Scott Rempel, commander of the Lake Country RCMP, was presented with a medal of bravery in Ottawa for his role in the incident.