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Friday, January 10, 2020

Two Men Honoured for Bravery Following Paisley Fire

Bruce County | by John Divinski  

The brave actions of Andrew Yule and Jeremy Gowan, saved lives during a December fire in Paisley.

Andrew Yule; County Warden Mitch Twolan; Jeremy Gowa 

Two snow plow operators, employed by Bruce County, have been recognized for their bravery during a December 12th fire incident in Paisley.

Andrew Yule and Jeremy Gowan were just starting their shifts, just after 4am, when Yule, a Chesley volunteer firefighter, recognized the glow of a structure fire on Albert Street in Paisley.

Andrew says after he called 9-1-1, he ran through the residential neighbourhood, banging on doors, trying to get the attention of someone.

Jeremy, who was nearby, was second on the scene and together they saved the lives of two people who were in one of the burning homes.

In a Bruce County Transportation and Environmental Services report on January 9th, it says the pair, "with risk to their personal safety" ran towards the homes that were on fire to rouse the residents.

Warden Mitch Twolan commended the two for their "acts of bravery above and beyond the call of duty."

He says "Their actions personified the values of Bruce County."

Jeremy Gowan remembers the excitement but afterwards, he says. "We still had a job to do so we just went back and carried on plowing that morning. We were just happy that everybody was out.  That's the bottom line really."

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