Friday, 11 March 2011 14:15 Last Updated on Friday, 08 June 2012 04:07
Jamaican Receives Medal of Bravery from the Canadian Government
Jamaican, Jubal Daley, who assisted in saving a Canadian citizen from drowning almost 4 years ago, in Negril, Jamaica, was awarded a Medal of Bravery by the Canadian Government, in recognition of his actions on Tuesday, May 29.
The presentation was made by the Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica, Stephen Hallihan at a special ceremony, at his official residence in St. Andrew, Jamaica.
In making the presentation, Mr. Hallihan stated that Mr. Daley displayed the “utmost courage” in ignoring his personal safety to save someone else’s life.
“We stand here today in the presence of heroism and outstanding courage; that’s the courage that was displayed by Mr. Daley and his friends, when they went into the rough seas to save a fellow human being,” he said at the ceremony.
Jamaica’s Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, commended the Canadian Government for honoring the act of bravery and lauded Mr. Daley for his “daring feat, in the midst of personal danger”.
“Your brave deed has etched footprints on the sands of time. Large enough for your children and others to follow and proudly talk of in years to come,”he asserted.
In his response, Mr. Daley said he felt good to have been able to save a life.
It is reported that on December 13, 2008, Jubal Daley and his friends Wayne Reynolds and Twain Wright, rescued the Canadian woman from the turbulent currents of the Caribbean Sea, after she was pulled away by huge waves. Her husband, Eric Roy, valiantly tried to save her but lost the battle and drowned.
The Canadian Government created the Medal of Bravery in 1972 which recognizes acts of bravery performed under hazardous circumstances. It is presented to both living and deceased individuals and is the country’s third highest honor for bravery. Recipients of this award are allowed the right to use the letters ‘MB’ after their names.
Mr. Wright was honored at a service held in New York in the United States, on January 24, 2012, while Mr. Reynolds is slated to receive his at a later date. The woman’s late husband Eric Roy will also be awarded the Medal of Bravery, posthumously.