Former Rideau Paddler and Board Member Lindsy Richardson received Medal of Bravery from Gov. Gen. David Johnston at Rideau Hall.
Eight Ottawans honoured for bravery at Rideau Hall
By Tony Lofaro, The Ottawa Citizen February 24, 2012
Peter Nesbeth and Lindsy Richardson were OC Transpo Special Constables who didn’t hesitate to rescue a man from a vehicle only moments before it exploded into flames. On Sept. 25, 2008, the elderly man had mistakenly driven his car onto the transitway and afterwards crashed it into a tree near the Billings Bridge transit stop. The constables arrived at the accident scene to find an unconscious man trapped in his car. They pulled him to safety just before the flames erupted.
“I opened up the driver’s side door, the man was inside but he was not responding. I pulled off his seatbelt and basically dragged him out of the car,” said Richardson, 35, now an Ottawa Police constable.
“It was like pulling a heavy rag doll out of the vehicle, there are no leverages or anything,” he said.