Vernon man to receive Medal of Bravery

Justin Huska and two others helped rescue two people from a burning vehicle near Cache Creek in 2014

The Medal of Bravery

The Medal of Bravery

A Vernon man will receive a decoration for bravery.

Justin Huska will receive the Governor General of Canada’s Medal of Bravery from Governor General David Johnston Friday at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

On Feb. 27, 2014, Huska, along with Kris Gunderson of Delta and Mike Heide of Kamloops rescued two people trapped in a burning vehicle near Cache Creek.

Alerted by a passenger waving for attention through the car’s sunroof, Huska pulled the woman to safety before returning with Gunderson and Heide for the second victim.

Despite the flames and smoke coming through the broken windows, they used a pry bar to gain access to the driver and brought him a safe distance away.

Huska, Gunderson and Heide are among 41 Canadians receiving Medals of Bravery, while two others will receive the Star of Courage.

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present 2 Stars of Courage and 41 Medals of Bravery at a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday, October 28, 2016, at 10:30 a.m.

Created in 1972, Decorations for Bravery recognize people who risked their lives to try to save or protect the lives of others.

The Cross of Valour (C.V.) recognizes acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril; the Star of Courage (S.C.) recognizes acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril; and the Medal of Bravery (M.B.) recognizes acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances.