Five men who tried to save a woman from being mauled by a bear north of Fort McMurray have been recognized for their bravery.
The attack happened back in May of 2014 at Sunor’s Steepbank Mine.
A woman was returning to work when she encountered a large cinnamon-colored bear.
Adrian McNeil saw the bear starting to attack the victim. He used an air horn to try and distract the bear, but it didn’t work.
McNeil then called for help, while blowing the horn and throwing rocks and chunks of wood at the bear.
Eventually, the other employees came over to help, but the bear continued it’s attack.
In the end, Lorna Weafer, succumbed to her injuries.
McNeil received the Bronze medal for placing his life at at risk to save another person at the Royal Canadian Humane Association Bravery Awards held in Edmonton on Friday.
The four other employees who also helped out, Alexandre Brideau, Stephen Lyons, Lamae Saunders, Gary Sultanian, received honorary testimonial.
– Photo courtesy of Royal Canadian Humane Association’s website