Barrie officers receive Star of Courage

Two Barrie police officers are off to Ottawa to receive the Governor General’s Star of Courage award.
Constables David Edgar and Clayton Speers will receive the award at a ceremony planned for Friday (Feb. 24) at Rideau Hall, the residence of Governor General Gen. David Johnston. Police chief Mark Neelin will accompany the officers to the ceremony.
The award recognizes “acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril.” In all, three Stars of Courage and 43 Medals of Bravery will be presented to recipients, including the officers from Barrie.
The following summary, detailing the actions of the officers, was published on the Canada News Centre site.
“On July 5, 2009, constables David Edgar and Clayton Speers, of the Barrie Police Service, risked their lives in the line of duty, in Barrie, Ontario.
“The constables were escorting a distressed male when he struck Const. Speers in the neck area with a knife. Const. Edgar quickly stepped forward to help but the agitated man stabbed him in the neck as well. Despite their wounds, the officers shot at the assailant as he ran down the street towards a shopping area, waving his knife as he fled.
“Bleeding profusely from his wound, Constable Edgar followed the suspect who would not heed the commands to drop his weapon. Fearing for the safety of the public, the officer was forced to shoot, fatally wounding the assailant. Both officers were later transported to a hospital where they were treated for their life-threatening injuries.”
Details of the actions of the other award recipients are included on the site.

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