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Statement in recognition of Constable Joanna Styrczula - February 13, 2014

Constable Joanna Styrczula, Ontario Medal for Police Bravery Recipient

Honourable Senators, I rise today to recognize Constable Joanna Styrczula of Peel Regional Police, who was presented with the Ontario Medal for Police Bravery last November for selflessly serving the people of Peel Region.

Back in October 2011, Constable Styrczula responded to a fire call in a high-rise retirement residence in Mississauga. The fire started in a unit on the sixth floor. A security guard had pulled an elderly man away from the stove, but intense smoke and heat forced him to leave the unit without the unconscious man.

Constable Styrczula was the first emergency responder to arrive. After fighting through a thick wall of smoke and fire, she located the man, who was covered in flames on the kitchen floor.

In an attempt to rescue the 83-year-old man, the constable decided not to wait for firefighters. She grabbed a fire extinguisher to put out the flames and tried to pull the man to safety. Unfortunately, the victim died at the scene. However, the quick reaction and brave acts of Constable Styrczula prevented the fire from spreading any further and potentially injuring other residents.

In recognition of her heroic efforts, Constable Styrczula received the Ontario Medal for Police Bravery from the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. This honour is awarded annually to police officers who have gone above and beyond to serve their communities.

As a proud resident of the city of Mississauga, I commend Constable Joanna Styrczula for her incredible bravery and her commitment to protecting others.

I also wish to acknowledge the outstanding service of the Peel Regional Police under the leadership of Chief Jennifer Evans.Thank you for keeping our communities safe.

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