Second RCMP officer receives award for saving man from fire

A Hobbema police officer received a bravery award from Alberta’s lieutenant-governor this week for risking his life to rescue a man during a house fire on the Samson townsite.

A Hobbema police officer received a bravery award from Alberta’s lieutenant-governor this week for risking his life to rescue a man during a house fire on the Samson townsite.

RCMP Const. Pernell Cardinal of the Hobbema detachment was commended for entering a burning home in April 2010 in response to muffled sounds from within the residence.

He entered the home with Const. David Lee, who received the same award at last year’s presentation. According to an RCMP spokesman, the awards are given according to member availability.

“They don’t necessarily get them together.”

Although the burning home was filled with smoke, Pernell searched with Lee until they found a person lying on a mattress in the bedroom. The mattress was smouldering and partially burned, close to igniting.

Conroy Cabry, 21, was awakened by the officers and safely led out of the house without injury.

Pernell and Lee continued to thoroughly search the residence and attempted to extinguish the flames until the fire department arrived.

The officers were later treated in hospital for smoke inhalation.

Pernell was among three Alberta RCMP officers who received the latest Commanding Officer’s Commendation for Bravery, which recognizes courage in the face of dangerous circumstances, beyond those commonly encountered in police work.

Donald Ethell, lieutenant-governor of Alberta, joined Deputy Commissioner Dale McGowan, commanding officer of K Division RCMP in Edmonton, in making the award presentations.

“A lot of the good work our employees do flies under the radar,” said McGowan. The Edmonton ceremony is a chance to “celebrate their bravery and dedication to duty in service to their fellow Albertans.”

In March, two other Hobbema RCMP officers were awarded for bravery in Ottawa by the Governor General of Canada.

Cpl. Andrew Ashton and Const. Christopher Wells were commended for smashing windows to enter a burning house on Christmas Day 2007 to rescue a suicidal woman, who was already unconscious when they found her. She survived due to their intervention.

Just Posted

The Latest: UK leader congratulates royals on birth of son

LONDON — The Latest on the royal baby birth: 1:50 p.m. British… Continue reading

Broncos families surprised obituaries are on website selling services

Some families of Humboldt Broncos bus crash victims are surprised to learn… Continue reading

‘It’s limitless:’ Paralyzed toddler moves from homemade wheelchair to treadmill

EDMONTON — Evelyn Moore sings the alphabet song as her tiny running… Continue reading

Shania Twain apologizes for saying she would have voted for Donald Trump

Shania Twain is apologizing after telling a British newspaper that she would… Continue reading

WATCH: Central Albertans learn about pollination and vermicomposting on Earth Day

Central Albertans learned about vermicomposting, ticks, and honey bees on Earth Day.… Continue reading

Facebook’s privacy changes look different for Europeans and Americans

All 2.2 billion people who use Facebook will soon see changes to… Continue reading

Vermont wants to turn tourists into workers

Vermont has forest trails, yoga retreats, breweries galore – and a labor… Continue reading

Trump leading on North Korea, says envoy to Canada as G7 ministers meet

TORONTO — Donald Trump’s envoy to Canada says her president is leading… Continue reading

Wizards come alive in Game 3 victory over Raptors

WASHINGTON - The old Washington Wizards showed up Friday night - the… Continue reading

‘Scandal’ is over, but here are 10 things we’ll remember from this crazy show

No matter how long you kept up with “Scandal” – the first… Continue reading

Alberta man dead after snowmobile collision on B.C. mountain

The incident occurred on Boulder Mountain Friday morning

Half-naked shooter guns down four, runs away in Nashville Waffle House shooting

Nashville police say they are looking for Travis Reinking in connection with the shooting

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month