Lifesaving Award Of Merit Presented To LaSalle Resident

Wednesday August 10th, 2022

Posted at 6:50pm


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The LaSalle Police Service recognized Jan Bedford at the LaSalle Town Council Meeting for her heroic actions in rescuing a person from perishing in the Detroit River.

In September 2021, Bedford saw a person struggling in the Detroit River in LaSalle and recognized that the person’s life was in danger. She disregarded her safety by immediately taking action and swimming a significant distance into the river to save them.

As a result of her brave deed, the LaSalle Police Service applied to the Lifesaving Society for the Lifesaving Award of Merit for Bedford, which was granted and presented by our local Lifesaving Society representatives, Sarah Newton and George Turnbull. LaSalle Police Chief Duncan Davies also presented Ms. Bedford with the Chief’s Award of Merit for her heroic actions.

Police also note that a short time later, in February 2022, while Bedford was on vacation abroad, she rescued another person from drowning in the ocean after suffering a serious injury, falling unconscious, and disappearing beneath the water. Once again, she jumped into action and rescued them from an almost certain fate.

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