Here’s to Francis Bourdages!
During Monday’s regular council meeting, Mayor Glenn Hagel presented a Certificate of Commendation, on behalf of Gov.-Gen. David Johnston, to Bourdages in recognition of actions the Moose Javian took to rescue a woman from a burning house on March 11, 2009.
The school bus driver rescued the woman, who was sitting on her doorstep between the house and the garage at the time of the fire.
“The woman had her breathing apparatus with her, but she was unable to move,” Hagel said, adding flames were starting to escape from the doorway when Bourdages picked up the woman and carried her to safety.
“Friends, we’re all honoured have among us one of whom I think we would call a hero.
“He would probably be the last person to call himself a hero, but in the true fashion of those who truly are heroes, he acted out of instinct and was motivated to do the right thing at a difficult time, and without concern for his own safety a life — a very, very important action.”
For more on what happened at Monday's regular council meeting, pick up an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.