By Marianne Curtis
On October 28, the Medal of Bravery was presented today by the Governor General, David Thompson in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Fourteen year old Pazia Toyne earned the award for her selfless action to risk her life to save the life of another child while her family was living in Alberta.
“It just feels really strange or like it wouldn’t have happened to me,” Pazia said in an interview, thinking back to the incident.
On December 11, 2007, 10-year-old Toyne risked her life to rescue a five-year-old girl who had fallen through the ice, in High River, Alberta. Pazia, along with several other children, had been on the ice while walking home from school when one of the girls walked too close to a hole. The ice broke and the girl fell in the water.
“Right when I said, ‘No, don’t go there,’ the ice cracked and she fell through.” Pazia recalled.
Pazia heard the cries for help, and without any concern for her own safety, ran towards the crying victim. She found the other child up to her neck in water clinging to a piece of ice. Pazia slid on her stomach to reach her. As she tried to pull the victim out, Pazia also fell into the water. After much effort, she managed to get back onto thicker ice and drag the other girl to safety.
Provencher MP Vic Toews praised the brave little girl.
“The actions of Pazia Toyne are those that exemplify the best of us and she is a fine example to all Canadians,” stated Toews. “The Medal of Bravery she has earned today is well earned indeed – Alberta’s loss is Manitoba’s gain.”
Pazia was one of forty-four people presented with Medals of Bravery at the special event.
Fourteen year old Pazia Toyne from Lorette was honoured with a Medal of Bravery for her role in saving a little girls life three years ago in Alberta.