Arviat hero receives posthumous Star of Courage medal – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on January 8, 202078 Views

7 January 2020

Aaron Gibbons, 31, died protecting his family from a polar bear attack

The late Aaron Grant Gibbons, 31, of Arviat has been posthumously awarded Canada’s Star of Courage medal for his actions in July 2018, when he gave his life to protect family members from a polar bear attack.

Governor General Julie Payette announced the honour in the Jan. 4 issue of the Canada Gazette, based on the recommendation of the Canadian Decorations Advisory Committee.

The Star of Courage is awarded to those who perform acts of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril, the Rideau Hall website says.

For the people of the Kivalliq region, Gibbons will always be remembered as a selfless man who gave his life to save his children.

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