Student and grad recognized by Barrie Police Service
March 21, 2014

It was a night for celebrating bravery and goodwill at Barrie Police Service. Community members, police service staff and students were honoured at an annual awards event on March 20, recognizing exemplary policing efforts in the city and civilian efforts to help out strangers in need.

First-year Pharmacy Technician student Courtney Belanger was among 10 young adults awarded for their part in saving Duncan Young who had a heart attack while driving along Cundles Road near St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School in December.

Young woman pictured with smiling gentleman at award ceremony.

Courtney, pictured with Duncan at the award ceremony.

The group worked together to perform CPR, call 9-1-1, re-direct traffic and assist Duncan’s wife during the ordeal.”When my name was called at the ceremony and I stood up as the police sergeant explained the story, I felt happy, anxious and had all of these emotions running through me at once,” says a very humble Courtney. “Walking up in front of police, families, the community and most of all Duncan’s family, let’s just say there are no words to describe how I felt. I wasn’t expecting all of this praise and I am so proud, not only of myself, but also the others involved. We worked as a team.”

Group shot of young adults and police officers at award ceremony.

Courtney receives an award along with others who helped save Duncan’s life.

Paramedic graduate Robert Wiggins received a Lifesaving Award, along with paramedics Stephanie Henley and Jordan Esteves, for assisting a local judge who suffered a heart attack during a Barrie Colts game last April. Robert didn’t hesitate to use the skills he acquired at Georgian while off-duty and enjoying the local hockey game. “It’s a calling to be a paramedic,” Robert said in an earlier media interview. “It’s actually very hard to turn it off. When you see people in trouble, you have to react.”

Congratulations to both Courtney and Robert – Georgian is proud!