“We are very proud to see one of our own nationally recognized for showing such bravery,” said acting Fire Chief Ken Uzeloc.“Our firefighters show courage every time they respond to a fire or emergency, but it makes us that much prouder to see a fellow firefighter recognized for showing that same bravery and courage off the job, and in this case, on vacation!”
Firefighter spots swimmers in trouble
McRae performed his medal-worthy heroics while he was on holiday in Varadero, Cuba for a friend’s wedding. Three years ago on April 6, McRae heard people yelling and noticed they were struggling to swim in the Caribbean Sea. He grabbed two swimmers, who were from Ontario, towing them to shore.
Later that day, he returned to the beach and noticed two more swimmers struggling in the waves and again, he went into the water and brought them to shallow water safely.
National recognition in Ottawa
The Calgary Fire Department recognized McRae for his bravery in July 2011. Tomorrow, he will be acknowledged nationally when the Governor General of Canada presents him with the prestigious Medal at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.
Congratulations Calgary Firefighter Brian McRae!
The Governor General awards the Medal of Bravery (M.B.) for acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances. Find out more about the awards.