Royal Canadian Navy sailor honoured for bravery in daring rescue

"Bravo Zulu" / December 5, 2013

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…Bravo Zulu!

Bravo Zulu to Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Sparkes of HMCS Fredericton, who was presented with the Star of Courage by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, in a ceremony this week at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

PO2 Sparkes, a volunteer firefighter in the Halifax area, was honoured for his bravery following a harrowing rescue in 2010. On that stormy November day, he and other first responders were called to Peggy’s Cove after a wave washed a man off the rocks. During the search for the victim, an RCMP constable was also swept into the ocean. Thanks to the efforts of PO2 Sparkes and others, the constable was rescued from the water. Tragically, the original victim could not be saved.

The Star of Courage is the second-highest award for bravery within the Canadian system of honours and is presented to individuals who have performed acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril.