OTTAWA, Dec. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - "In May of this year I was approached by
Port Hope Police Sgt. Darren Stronman and Cobourg resident Pete Fisher
concerning the application for the Medal of Valour to recognize Constable
Christopher Garrett's brave act performed while dying in the line of duty. At
that time it was determined the application did not meet the required deadline
Constable Garrett, who was killed in the line of duty on May 15, 2004,
saved the lives of his colleagues in wounding his assailant during his dying
moments. It was discovered after the arrest of the accused that he had further
planned to blow up the Cobourg Police Station and to shoot officers as they
evacuated the building.
After numerous discussions with Sgt. Strongman and Mr. Fisher, it was
determined that their efforts to appeal the earlier decision might not be
successful. However, in October, the information concerning Constable Garrett
was re-submitted. That nomination was subsequently rejected by the Canadian
Decorations Advisory Committee because, under the Canadian Bravery Decorations
Regulations, such nominations must be submitted within two years of an act of
bravery to be eligible.
Over the past few weeks, I have spoken with Prime Minister Harper several
times on this issue. I conveyed to him the views of those who have contacted
my office, that Constable Garrett's bravery should not be discounted simply
because of a two-year deadline for nominations.
I am pleased to announce today that the Prime Minister is taking steps to
have the Canadian Bravery Decorations Regulations amended to permit the
Canadian Decorations Advisory Committee to consider Constable Garrett's case.
We want to make sure that the timelines could be extended in cases where
investigations or trials take longer that the 2 years from the original event.
Over the past two months, thousands of Canadians have become aware of
Constable Garrett's extraordinary actions in 2004. Over 30,000 people signed a
petition on this issue. His dedication to the citizens of Cobourg and the
cause of policing is inspirational, and a reminder of the dangerous work
performed every day, around the clock, by Canada's law enforcement
For further information:
For further information: France Lavergne, Junior Communications Officer,
Office of the Prime Minister, Ottawa, Canada, fax (613) 957-5556,