KAMLOOPS - A 14-year-old Kamloops girl was awarded a certificate of bravery yesterday for getting her two siblings and a friend out alive during a hostage taking and explosion in Dufferin last year.
Denann Crosby entered the home of Sherry Young and Dave Madore on Cannel Drive on May 17, 2012 strapped in explosives. He fired a shotgun and took Young hostage for seven hours before she was let go. The house ultimately blew-up with Crosby inside, perishing in the fire.
Shannon Young, Sherry's 14-year-old daughter, was recognized yesterday with a civilian award at the second annual RCMP awards ceremony in Kamloops for her bravery that day. She rescued her seven-year-old sibling and Madore's four-year-old child, ushering them into a bathroom before finding another sibling in the house and taking them all outside to safety.
Several police officers (see 'Team Award' below) were also recognized at the ceremony for their response to the situation.
"This co-ordinated response… demonstrated the highest level of skill," said Staff Sgt. Mike Savage who emceed the event.
Over 20 awards were handed out total to recognize dedication through various services
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Full list of awards:
Leyna Salwach : Municipal Employee: Detachment Commander Certificate of Appreciation for her dedication and contributions as a watch clerk.
Cst. Gary Gray : Detachment Commander Certificate of Recognition for his role in assisting a suicidal female in July 2012.
Cst. Amadeo Vecchio : Detachment Commander Commendation for Services to the Community for his role in organizing and leading the memorial parade on June 18, 2012 marking the 50th anniversary of three members killed in the line of duty.
Coralyn Anness : Detachment Commander Certificate of Appreciation for her outstanding contribution & support to the Major Crime Section
Shannon Diane Young (civilian) : Detachment Commander Certificate of Appreciation for Bravery for her role in getting her two younger siblings and a friend to safety on May 17, 2012 during the hostage taking and explosion in her family home on Cannel Drive.
Cst. Mark Janus : Detachment Commander Certificate of Recognition for his role in assisting a barricaded, suicidal male in September 2012.
Team Award : Commendations for Service to the Community for the hostage taking and house fire incident on Cannel Drive on May 17, 2012. These officers are being recognized for their professionalism, bravery, and dedication to public safety in our community.
Staff Sgt. Fran Bethell Cpl. Art Babin
Cst. John Collins Cst. Devon Gammie
Cst. Jeannie Lehbauer Cst. Darwin Robins
Cst. Dave Lewis Cst. Chris Bolton
Cst. Mark Janus Cst. Bryce Feighen
Cst. Chris Milne Cst. Vince Stephens
Cst. Nick Underhill Cst. Tim Wilkenson
Cst. Robert Shanks