A MEMBER of the Terrace 747 Air Cadet Squadron has been given a federal commendation for his role in saving two men from serious fire injuries.
Cpl. Patrick Hamer was presented with the commendation from the national cadets organization, and accompanying pin, at the squadron’s June 9 annual review.
Signed by Col. G.M. Pratt, the federal director of cadets and junior rangers, the commendation, in part, says Hamer “played a crucial role in avoiding a possible tragedy and saving two people from being severely burned by extinguishing the flames that were beginning to cover them.”
“Cadet Hamer’s quick reaction and performance under stress are most worthy of this citation. He is highly praised for the actions taken and for bringing credit to the Canadian Cadet Organizations.”
Hamer, brother Nickolas, and cousins Dayne Wright and Parker Wright were doing chores on the family farm in Thornhill when they heard a commotion in January 2012.
Hamer’s father, Murray, found himself on fire when he tried to help farm worker Jess Hansen who had accidentally set himself on fire while filling a quad and then a truck with fuel from a jerry can.
Patrick reacted to cries for help by grabbing a fire extinguisher while his brother and the others used blankets and gave instructions to “stop, drop and roll.” They also opened up a hydrant tap to help douse the flames.
Murray Hamer suffered second degree burns while Jess only suffered singed nose hairs and a few singed hairs on his head.
Fire officials later said static can build up on a metal can and subsequently cause a spark.
The four young people and Hamer have also received commendations signed by Governor-General David Johnston.
Those commendations recognizes those who have made a significant contribution by providing assistance to another in a selfless manner.