Edmontonians honoured for bravery
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Nine-year-old Tiara Jingling misses her great-grandmother, who always looked out for her.
“She was really kind. She hated when I got in trouble so she said ‘just blame it all on me,'” she said.
On April 7, 2011, Tiara’s nana Bernice Jingling did much more than deflect blame for the little girl and on Monday she was posthumously honoured for pushing Tiara out of the way of an oncoming SUV and saving the little girl’s life.
Bernice passed away, but Tiara lived and on Monday she accepted a silver medal for bravery on her great-grandmother’s behalf.
The medal, from the Royal Canadian Humane Association, was among the dozens of honours given to local people and police officers who put themselves in danger to help another person.
Tiara said having her nana recognized for what she did is incredibly important.
“It is very special and I just want to thank her for saving my life on that day,” she said.
She said she will keep the silver medal, along with her other memories of her great grandmother.
“My dad made me a little treasure box and I put stuff there from Nana,” she said.
Among the other recipients were police officers who entered burning buildings and pulled people from submerged cars, as well as a woman who talked a suicidal man off the Mill Creek Bridge.
Adam Shaw who, along with his dog Rocky, pulled two girls from the North Saskatchewan River said he was honoured to be in such good company at the ceremony.
Lt. Gov. Donald Ethell, who presided over the ceremony, said everyone’s actions that day were incredible.
“Our country, our province, our city is in great shape when we know there are people like that out there, who are willing to put their life on the line,” he said.