Lake Country RCMP officer honoured

Detachment commander Sgt. Scott Rempel - a Vernon native - given Medal of Bravery at special ceremony in Ottawa at Rideau Hall...

A Lake Country RCMP officer was honoured on Friday with the Medal of Bravery for his actions during a collision in 2009.

Sgt. Scott Rempel, a Vernon native and current commander of the Lake Country RCMP detachment, was one of a number of men and women presented the honour by Governor General David Johnston at Ottawa’s Rideau Hall on Friday.

After witnessing a vehicle collision near Vernon in 2009, Rempel, along with several other bystanders, ran to help the occupants who were trapped in the vehicles which had caught fire.

“Sgt. Rempel broke the window and climbed into one of the vehicles to pull the disoriented driver out,” said RCMP spokesperson Const. Kris Clark in a press release.

Both drivers in the accident were pulled from burning vehicles. The driver Rempel pulled out survived, the other driver did not.

“Rempel was one of four RCMP members honoured whose acts of bravery are a testament to the risks and the noble acts members perform every day, not for recognition but out of a dedication to keeping Canadians safe,” said Clark.