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Police honour three Stewart residents

THREE PEOPLE received letters of appreciation for rescuing a couple in Stewart when the couple
THREE PEOPLE received letters of appreciation for rescuing a couple in Stewart when the couple's cabin and shed were on fire. Here they are: Gene Storey, Christine Storey and Mary Jane McKay, who accepted on behalf of her husband.
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THREE STEWART residents received commendations at an RCMP awards ceremony for saving the lives of a couple whose cabin and shed were on fire in January 2010.

The heroic efforts of Christine Storey, Gene Storey, and their brother-in-law, Robert McKay were recognized with a Commanding Officer's Letter of Appreciation at the ceremony that saw more than 100 RCMP officers, civilian employees and auxiliary constables from the North District given awards of distinction and Diamond Jubilee Medals Nov. 7 in Prince George.

On a January 2010 morning, Christine Storey saw flames coming from a neighboring cabin on Meziadin Lake, a resort community 70 km west of Stewart, and told her husband Gene.

Gene forced his way past the burning shed and into the cabin where he woke the sleeping couple from their bed.

While the husband was being helped out, Robert McKay assisted in rescuing the wife and helping her to safety as the cabin became engulfed in flames.

Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens was on hand to present the medals and awards.

Recipients from Burns Lake, Dawson Creek, Fraser Lake, Fort St. James, Fort St. John, 100 Mile House, Houston, Kitimat, Klemtu, Mackenzie, McBride, New Hazelton, North District OCC , North District Traffic Services, Northern Rockies, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Quesnel, Stewart, Terrace, Tumbler Ridge and Williams Lake received the Queens Diamond Jubilee medal and Long Service Medals.

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