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North Okanagan MP wants national medal for search and rescue volunteers

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April 11, 2017 - 9:48 AM

VERNON – The volunteers that take on all the elements and nearly every landscape to locate missing people may soon qualify for a national award medal.

North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold has introduced a bill in the House of Commons that would create a national award medal for search and rescue volunteers, according to a media release.

“Canada's volunteer search and rescue personnel provide invaluable service to Canadian citizens and communities across our nation and this service warrants a national award medal,” Arnold says in the release.

There are more than 300 search and rescue teams with more than 12,000 trained volunteers across Canada, the release states.

The bill was seconded by Cariboo-Prince George MP Todd Doherty.

"We ask our search and rescue volunteers to show up in any weather, under insurmountable conditions," Doherty says in the release. "As the only national volunteer organization that does not have a service medal, it is time that they are recognized by the federal government for the service that they provide to our country, and to Canadians.”


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