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Medal of Bravery

Story and photo courtesy of AM1150 Newscenter

Here is a link to a radio interview of Kris by CBC Radio West

The Kelowna Fire Department gave two special awards out last night at its inaugural Fire Chief Officer’s Reception and Awards Ceremony.

The awards were given to Kris Rainey for his actions during the August 14th gangland shooting outside the Delta Grand Hotel.

Rainey was given the BC Medal of Bravery from the Office of the Fire Commissioner as well as a Commanding Officer’s Commendation from the RCMP.

The BC Medal of Bravery hasn’t been given since 2003 and Rainey is only the 7th person to receive it.

Lou Wilde, the deputy chief from the Kelowna Fire Department is proud of Rainey and his actions.

“People put their life on the line not everyday but quite often, and they do great acts of humanitarianism. It’s one of those things, when it happens off duty and it’s not really in our day to day realm to go to people’s aid under fire it is definitely above and beyond our regular routine around here. For Kris it was an extraordinary act and it’s great that he was recognized for it.”

Rainey says he’s honored to receive the awards.

“It was really nice I’m kind of humbled by it all, I didn’t think I did that much there but it was nice that the Fire Department and the Commission’s fire department recognized what I did. I’ve reflected a little bit and I’ve kind of taken it for everybody at Station One and the career firefighters and the EMS that were there helping that day.”

At the ceremony seven firefighters received the Federal Exemplary Medal for 20 years of fire service, the Exemplary Bar for 30 years of fire service was given to two members, 10 new graduates of the Fire Officer program were honoured and 16 new employees were officially welcomed.

Anita Sthankiya – Kelowna

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