The Honourable Nick McGrath, Minister of Service NL and Minister Responsible for Labrador Affairs, will present two RCMP members, and a Hopedale resident, with the Newfoundland and Labrador Bravery Award today.
Corporal Denise Roussel, Sergeant Jagdeep Soin, and Nancy Tuglavina will be receiving the Award at a ceremony in Hopedale today for their role in an incident that occurred in 2001 in that community.
On February 9, 2001, Corporal Roussel and Sergeant Soin, who were both constables at the time, had been called to a residence in Hopedale. While they were trying to diffuse a volatile situation, the adult occupant lit the residence on fire. The two police officers, the adult and two children were inside the house when it happened. Corporal Roussel was able to escape by breaking a window and, in doing so, eliminated the vacuum created by the fire. Sergeant Soin was then able to escape via the front entrance, but the adult and two children remained in the residence.
Despite both officers having sustained burns, they continued their efforts to render assistance to those remaining inside the house. Sergeant Soin and bystander Nancy Tuglavina climbed onto a ledge of the burning home using a small ladder to attempt to break an upstairs window to rescue the occupants. At this time, the adult and the two children escaped the home. The three occupants, having sustained severe burns, were immediately brought to the medical clinic for treatment, but all were able to survive their injuries. Sergeant Soin and Corporal Roussel were also treated for their injuries.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Bravery Award was established in 1984 under the authority of the Bravery Award Act, to recognize citizens of the province who have risked their lives and safety to render aid to another person.
Corporal Roussel is now serving in New Brunswick. Sgt. Soin is serving in Ottawa.