An Upper Ottawa Valley OPP officer has been awarded the Ontario Medal for Police Bravery, the province’s highest honour in recognition of police officers whose actions demonstrate outstanding courage.
In July of 2013, Sergeant Patrick Smith responded to a frantic 911 call that a youth swimming in the Ottawa River had been swept away by a strong current and was holding on to a rock in the middle of the river to keep himself from being pulled into the rapids.
Smith and fellow officers attempted a rescue and Smith spent more than two hours in the frigid water, saving the boy’s life in the process.
Smith was treated for hypothermia after eventually being rescued by helicopter when a rescue boat was damaged and couldn’t reach them.
The bravery medal was presented at a ceremony November 27th in Toronto.