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Profile in courage: The Canadian man who dove 12 metres into the sea to try and save a friend 

On Sept. 8, 1972, 15-year-old Edward Joseph Duff of St. John’s, N.L., dove into the sea near Torbay in a valiant attempt to save the life of a friend who had fallen in. He managed multiple times to pull her within reach of the rocks, but, unfortunately, was dragged back by the waves each time. 

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Profile in courage: The Canadian man who saved his brother after a helicopter crash 

Madden Sarver rescued his severely injured brother after their helicopter crashed in a remote mountainous area near Grande Cache, Alta. on Jan. 30, 2009. 

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Profile in courage: The Canadian man who saved a woman from the jaws of a polar bear

William Ayotte risked his life to rescue a woman who was being attacked by a polar bear in Churchill, Man. Grabbing a shovel he hit the bear, distracting it long enough to allow her to escape. The bear then turned on him, attacking him until a neighbour finally scared it away by driving toward it with a truck and blaring his horn on Nov. 1, 2013. 

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Profile in courage: The Canadian coast guard who rescued fishermen stranded in a winter storm

First Officer Leslie Palmer of the Canadian Coast Guard was awarded the Canadian Decoration for Bravery after braving a severe winter storm to rescue two fishermen stranded on the shores of the Grenville Channel, near Prince Rupert, British Columbia on Dec. 27, 2004

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Profile in courage: The Canadian woman who risked her life to save people in Haiti trapped beneath a collapsed schoolhouse

Marie-Claude Élie was awarded the Canadian Decoration for Bravery after bringing medical assistance to dozens of people trapped beneath the ruins of a schoolhouse that collapsed in the wake of an earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Nov. 7, 2008

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter awarded Lawrence J. Burpee medal

Medal honours the former President's role in expanding the U.S. national parks system and work with Habitat for Humanity

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