Ontario Awards Medal for Bravery to Windsor Police Officer

The Ontario government is honouring police officers and firefighters from across the province including Windsor, with the Ontario Medal for Police Bravery and the Ontario Medal for Firefighter Bravery. The medals are the province’s highest honours and are awarded to police officers and firefighters who have demonstrated great courage in risking their lives to save the lives of others.

“The courage these exceptional police officers and firefighters have displayed is truly remarkable,” said the Honourable Edith Dumont, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. “Each one of the recipients has gone well above and beyond their duties, and we are proud to recognize the impact of their selfless service on their communities and on our province.”

On June 3, 2023, Sergeant Matt Capel-Cure of the Windsor Police Service arrived on scene where a vehicle had crashed into a house in the Town of Amherstburg. The collision caused a fire that was fueled by a ruptured gas line. With the flames spreading rapidly, Sergeant Capel-Cure saw a critically injured man between the burning house and the vehicle. He swiftly collaborated with a bystander to rescue the injured driver from the dangerous situation. Despite the intense heat and risk, they successfully extracted the driver, ensuring his safety until emergency medical services arrived. Sergeant Capel-Cure’s quick action in rescuing the severely injured driver showed his exceptional courage, bravery, and dedication to keeping others safe.

Recipients of the 2023 Ontario Medals for Police and Firefighter Bravery are being recognized for heroic acts, including:

  • subduing an armed assailant on a deadly rampage
  • removing drivers from burning vehicles
  • rescuing a child who was at risk of being stabbed
  • entering a collapsed building to rescue people trapped in the debris

“Ontario is fortunate to be home to the best police officers and firefighters in the country,” said Solicitor General Michael Kerzner. “Recognizing these individuals with medals for bravery is a privilege and a great honour. Their work is an inspiration to us all, and on behalf of the people of Ontario, I thank them for their dedication to their communities and their extraordinary acts of heroism.”

Quick Facts

  • Since 1975, 333 Ontario Medals for Police Bravery have been awarded.
  • Since 1976, 302 Ontario Medals for Firefighter Bravery have been awarded.
  • Nominations are made by fire departments and/or police services and endorsed by the applicable fire chief/chief of police or the commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).
  • Medal recipients are determined by an independent body of citizens from the firefighting and policing communities representing all regions of Ontario.