Six-year-old Medal of Honour Winner
Two Nova Scotia heroes received The Medal of Bravery, the province's highest recognition for bravery, at a ceremony held today in Halifax.
Six-year-old Sophia LeBlanc of Amherst is the youngest Nova Scotian to ever receive the award. She joined Elijah Watts of Port Hood at today’s ceremony.
On November 11, 2018, Sophia LeBlanc was a passenger in her mother's car when it lost control and landed upside down, submerged in a river near Oxford. Sophia freed her youngest sibling from the car and then climbed a steep hill to flag down help for the rest of her family who were still trapped in the car.
The medal is awarded each year to Nova Scotians who have risked their life protecting the life or property of others.
Premier Stephen McNeil said, “People like Elijah and Sophia make our communities stronger and inspire us all.”
This is the twelfth year individuals who have risked their own lives to help others have been recognized. A total of 40 brave Nova Scotians have received the medal of bravery since May 12, 2018.
The photo below shows, L to R: Premier Stephen McNeil, Elijah Watts, Sophia LeBlanc, Richard Petley-Jones, Chair of the Medal of Bravery Advisory Committee , and Mark Furey.
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