An Abbotsford man was among 42 people who received Medals of Bravery last Friday from Gov. Gen. David Johnston at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.
Art Unruh received the medal for his role in rescuing a fellow fisherman who was being attacked by a black bear in Port Renfrew, B.C. on Sept. 9, 2008.
Four others were also honoured for assisting in the rescue: Jared Gagen of Cobble Hill, Warren Miller of Victoria, Edward Stirling of Ladysmith and William Watt of Victoria.
The group attacked the bear after it climbed into the victim’s boat. The injured animal collapsed, and the victim was rushed to hospital and survived.