Sunday, March 25, 2018

Tobias MacDonald: Ladner man receives Decoration for Bravery; Cessna 172S Skyhawk, C-GFAM

Tobias MacDonald was recognized for his bravery with a medal from the Governor General.

Ladner’s Tobias MacDonald received a Decoration for Bravery from the Governor General in Victoria Wednesday.

He was part of a group of people who helped pull two individuals from a crashed and burning Cessna 172S Skyhawk in Crawford Bay in 2014. One of the victims died from the crash.

“There were flames everywhere,” he recalled.

MacDonald, 42, was outside barbecuing when he heard the plane crash. The plane had crashed onto a golf course and was upside down and on fire while he and other rescuers worked to free the two people onboard.

“My biggest memory is one of the tires popped maybe a few feet from my head, from the flames. It went ‘BANG’ and scared the hell out of me,” he said.

MacDonald, who teaches cooking at Vancouver Community College, was in Crawford Bay, which is east of Nelson, for his mother’s memorial.

He received a medal and certificate at the ceremony in Victoria.

“It was a huge honor,” he said.

“Decorations for Bravery recognize people who risk their lives and choose to defy their own instinct of survival to try to save a loved one or a perfect stranger whose life is in immediate danger,” the Governor General’s website explains.

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