Medal of Bravery nomination deadline approaching

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There is still time to recognize people who have put their lives at risk to protect others.

Nominations are open until May 1 for Nova Scotia's seventh annual Medal of Bravery awards.

"I encourage people to nominate those who have displayed great courage," said Premier Stephen McNeil in  a media release. "I know there are Nova Scotians who have gone above and beyond, risking their own safety to help others in need. We want to recognize those acts of bravery and, hopefully, inspire other Nova Scotians to do the same should the situation arise."

An advisory panel, chaired by retired vice-admiral Duncan Miller, selects the recipients.

Other committee members are:

-- CEO of the Emergency Management Office

-- deputy minister of Justice

-- Nova Scotia Fire Marshal

-- president of the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association

-- commander of Land Force Atlantic Area

-- Ann MacLean, former mayor, Town of New Glasgow

-- Paul Pettipas, CEO, Nova Scotia Home Builders Association

To be considered for the award, acts of bravery must have occurred on, or after, Jan. 1, 2007. Nomination forms are available at Access Nova Scotia centres, offices of members of the legislative assembly and online.

Completed nomination forms should be sent to: Provincial Secretary, Medal of Bravery, Department of Justice, 4th floor, 5151 Terminal Rd., Halifax, N.S., B3J 2L6.

For more information, contact Nadia Gardin at 902-424-5941, e-mail medalofbravery@gov.ns.ca or visit www.novascotia.ca/bravery .

Organizations: Emergency Management Office, Nova Scotia Chiefs, Police Association Access Nova Scotia Department of Justice

Geographic location: Land Force Atlantic Area, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia Halifax

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