Lake Country RCMP Sgt. Scott Rempel

Lake Country RCMP Sgt. Scott Rempel

Officer’s heroism earns medal

Scott Rempel played a key role during a 2009 motor vehicle accident

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.

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 were pulled from their burning vehicles. The driver Rempel helped rescue survived. The other driver died.

“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.

A total of 44 people received the medals from Johnston at Friday’s ceremony.