Mark Janke of Elbow was among 36 people from across Canada honored Friday for their bravery.
He received the Medal of Bravery from Gov. Gen. David Johnston at Rideau Hall in Ottawa for his actions in rescuing people from a submerged vehicle near Stoughton on April 28, 2007. Darren Bieber of Weyburn also received the Medal of Bravery for his actions in this incident.
A car with five people on board had lost control, left the roadway and flipped into a water-filled ditch.
One of the occupants got out and ran to the road to alert passersby.
Janke stopped his vehicle and got out to help. He pulled two people out of the wreckage. At that point, Bieber arrived and helped Janke pull out the last two victims. Bieber and Janke then took care of the two survivors until the ambulance arrived. Unfortunately, three of the four died.
The Medal of Bravery recognizes acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances.