Three first responders from the Comox Valley were recognized for their heroic actions Tuesday in Victoria. From left to right: RCMP Const. Steve Trevor

Province recognizes Comox Valley first responders for heroic actions

Honoured for saving the life of Baby Grant Weaver last January

  • Feb. 24, 2016 12:00 p.m.

Erin Haluschak

Record staff

Three first responders from the Comox Valley received recognition Tuesday from the provincial government for saving the life of Baby Grant Weaver last January from the Puntledge River.

At a ceremony in Victoria, Courtenay firefighters Margaret Hamilton and Chris Murdock received commendations from the Office of the Fire Commissioner, along with RCMP Const. Steve Trevor, for their extraordinary efforts that exceed the call of duty.

A fourth commendation was forwarded to Const. Mike Wheeler, who assisted during the incident but has since been posted to the East Coast, explained Courtenay Fire Chief Don Bardonnex.

The responders rescued seven-month-old Grant from the Puntledge near the Condensory Bridge Jan. 30, 2015.

Grant’s mother, 26-year-old Veronika Sophie Weaver, perished during the incident. It remains unclear as to how the two wound up in the river.

Grant was in critical condition; he was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital then airlifted to BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver.

Grant and his father Doug Weaver have relocated to Victoria.

The provincial commendation is a way of recognizing individuals who make outstanding contributions to fire safety in B.C.

The commendation can be awarded to members of the public as well as the fire service. The quartet was awarded Mayor’s Commendations from the City of Courtenay for their achievements last March.

• • •

Bardonnex noted a fifth provincial commendation was given to Helen Anne Goulet – a 72-year-old Courtenay resident who pulled her 89-year-old friend from a burning home.

Last January, Goulet entered the home on Rachel Road, off Powerhouse Road, after she heard screams. She entered through a back door to find her friend on the floor of her kitchen. The 89-year-old female was burnt and collapsed inside the building, while Goulet received burns and suffered from severe smoke inhalation.

 

Just Posted

Valley secondary school salad bar launches at Isfeld

Although there isn’t a formal cafeteria in the school, students at Mark… Continue reading

Comox considers plastic bag ban

Council has taken one step closer to banning single-use plastic bags and straws within the town.

Risk of ‘deadly avalanches’ leads to warning for B.C.’s south coast

Weak layer of snow on Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland could trigger an avalanche

Comox Valley Cycling Coalition AGM upcoming

The Comox Valley Cycling Coalition will have a couple of special guest… Continue reading

Update: Early morning shooting in Courtenay

Reporter at taped-off scene outside apartment complex

NIC hosts high school students

North Island College hosted a High School Open House Thursday at the… Continue reading

Galchenyuk scores in OT as Coyotes edge Canucks 3-2

Vancouver manages single point as NHL playoff chase continues

B.C. legislature moving suspended staff controversy to outside review

Whale watching, Seattle Mariners trips billed as emergency preparedness, Speaker Darryl Plecas says

More people signing up for compulsory vaccines

Maple Ridge mom says public tired of hearing about measles

NIC Comox Valley to add student housing

168 units expected to open in 2022

UPDATE: Man charged in stabbing of woman, off-duty cop outside B.C. elementary school

Manoj George, 49, is facing two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault with a weapon after the incident on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Federal fisheries minister calls for precautionary approach to fish farming

Government still reviewing Federal Court’s decision on PRV – Wilkinson

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Poll: More voters believe Canada doing worse under Trudeau government

22 per cent believed the country is doing better and 27 per cent said things are the same

Most Read