Lethbridge, Alberta – The Lethbridge Police Service congratulates Cst. Marco Pagliericci, who was recently awarded the Medal of Bravery by the Governor General of Canada.
The Right Hon. Mary Simon presented the medal at a recent ceremony in Ottawa. The Medal of Bravery honours courageous individuals who have risked their lives to try to save someone in imminent danger.
It is believed that Cst. Pagliericci is the first Lethbridge Police officer to receive this honour in the 120-year history of the Police Service. The incident he was nominated for occurred in 2017, but the award ceremony was postponed due to COVID restrictions.
On April 8, 2017, Cst. Pagliericci rescued several residents from a fire in the Bridge Villa Estates Trailer Park, in Lethbridge. Arriving on the scene, he found a home engulfed in flames, with the fire spreading to the neighbouring unit. He banged on the door and directed an elderly woman to leave, then entered the home and found an elderly man with a disability lying on the couch. He led the man outside as flames and thick smoke engulfed the unit. The constable then turned his attention to evacuating other tenants from the neighbouring homes and keeping the site secure until firefighters arrived.
A member of the Lethbridge Police Service since 2001, Cst. Pagliericci is also a decorated Canadian Forces veteran of 23 years. He has previously been awarded the Gulf and Kuwait Medal, the Canadian Peace Keeper Medal, The NATO/OTAN Medal, the United Nations Cyprus Medal and the Canadian Forces Decoration with the 22-year bar.
An image of Cst. Marco Pagliericci and Governor General Mary Simon from the ceremony is attached. Please provide photo credit to: Sgt Mathieu St-Amour, Rideau Hall © OSGG, 2022
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