While on patrol in 33 Division on August 26, 2013, Constable Christopher Bolland heard a loud bang.
The dispatcher’s radio message, a few moments later, alerted the officer that he was very close to a collision scene.
“A car had crashed into a tree in a residential area and I was just about five houses away,” recalled Bolland.
As the first responder on the scene, he asked neighbours to bring out their garden hoses as the front of the vehicle was on fire.
“The car was in bad shape and the driver was unconscious,” he recounted. “Once the fire was brought under control, to the point where I could get close to the car, I pulled the door open and pulled the driver out.”
Little did Bolland know, at the time, that the car was stolen and the driver was impaired.
He was recognized for his courage with a Medal of Bravery presented by Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on October 28.
“It does feel good to be honoured but I look at what I did as an opportunity to save someone’s life,” Bolland said. “That opportunity was presented to me and I responded.”
A Service member since 2009, Bolland – who is now in the 33 Division Major Crime Unit – was assigned to the Primary Response Unit at the time of the rescue.
Created in 1972, Decorations for Bravery recognize individuals who risk their lives to save or protect the lives of others.