Governor General awards alumnus Medal of Bravery

Myles Brown (BSc'06) received one of Canada's most distinguished honours for saving a colleague in danger. Last week, Brown and Chad Lyttle were awarded the Medal of Bravery at the Decorations for Bravery ceremony in Ottawa. The medal recognizes acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances.

Brown (left) and Chad Lyttle (right) posing with Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall(Photo:

In 2014, Brown and Lyttle risked their lives to protect a colleague who was attacked by a cougar at a research camp near Grande Prairie, Alberta.

Brown and Lyttle saw their colleague being dragged into the bushes by the cougar, and without any equipment, Brown ran towards the wild animal to get it off the victim. Both Brown and Lyttle managed to keep the cougar away while they provided first aid to the victim.

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