Vanier Student Awarded Medal of Bravery by the Governor General
July 30, 2003

Kerianne Wilson just wanted to help. When she saw an elderly man fall into the tracks of the Montreal metro system, she didn't hesitate. Ignoring risk to herself, she jumped into the tracks, managed to get the man to his feet and then finally get some passers-by to help haul him back onto the platform seconds before a train came zooming into the station. Due to her pivotal role in this dramatic rescue, Kerrianne was awarded a Medal Of Bravery by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson.

Excerpt from the Governor General's web site:

Governor General announces 13 Decorations for Bravery
July 30, 2003
OTTAWA - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada, today announced the granting of one Star of Courage and 12 Medals of Bravery for acts of heroism. Recipients will be invited to accept their decorations at a ceremony to be held at a later date.

Kerianne Wilson, M.B., Pointe Claire, Que.
Medal of Bravery
On April 24, 2002, 17-year-old Kerianne Wilson rescued an elderly man who had fallen onto the tracks of the metro, seconds before the train pulled into the Saint-Laurent station in Montreal, Quebec. Kerianne was waiting for the train when she saw a man stagger toward the edge of the platform and tumble onto the tracks. She raced to the scene, signaling to bystanders that she needed help. Without regard for her own safety, she jumped onto the rails where the victim lay motionless. Determined to save the man, she lifted him by the arms and dragged him over to the platform. Other passengers helped complete the rescue, seconds before the train roared into the station.

Read the original article on the rescue that appeared in the Montreal Gazette + see photos

View the official STM hommage to Kerianne's Rescue (PDF File)