Medal of Bravery nominations now open

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HALIFAX – Nova Scotians will have an opportunity to show their appreciation for people who have put themselves at risk to protect others.

Nominations are now open for Nova Scotia's Medal of Bravery. This is the sixth year for the award.

"This award is our way of thanking those people who have demonstrated courageous and selfless acts of bravery," Premier Darrell Dexter said in a news release. "Nova Scotians pride themselves on helping their neighbours. I would encourage anyone that knows someone who deserves to be recognized to please take the time to nominate them."

Nomination forms are available at Access Nova Scotia Centres, offices of members of the legislative assembly and at . The deadline to nominate someone for the award is May 1.

"I was extremely honoured to receive the Medal of Bravery in 2012," said Harry Fraser of Trenton. "At the time, I gave no thought when rescuing my neighbour from a burning home so it was a pleasant surprise to be acknowledged in such a meaningful way.  I am, and continue to be, a very proud recipient."

An advisory panel, chaired by retired vice-admiral Duncan Miller, will select the recipients.

Other committee members are: CEO of the Emergency Management Office, deputy minister of Justice, Nova Scotia Fire Marshal, president of the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association, commander of Land Force Atlantic Area, Ann MacLean, former mayor, Town of New Glasgow, and Paul Pettipas, CEO Nova Scotia Home Builders Association.

For more information, contact Nadia Gardin at 902-424-5941, e-mail or visit

Completed nomination forms should be sent to: Provincial Secretary, Medal of Bravery, Department of Justice, 4th floor, 5151 Terminal Rd., Halifax, N.S., B3J 2L6.

Organizations: Access Nova Scotia Centres, Department of Justice

Geographic location: HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, New Glasgow

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