Saskatoon man awarded for pilot rescue
Corporal Hrycuik honoured for the second time after risking his life to save others
Reported by Bre McAdam
First Posted: Nov 15, 2011 4:06pm | Last Updated: Nov 15, 2011 7:16pm
Corporal Matthew Hrycuik has been awarded the Gold Life Saving Award on Tuesday night at Hugh Cairns Armouries, for saving two pilots from the Furgo plane that crashed into the sound barrier wall on Wanuskewin Road on April 1.
Hrycuik was nominated for the most prestigious honour given by St. John Ambulance by its former president Don McDonald.
"It shows what they're able to do, and a young guy like that needs to be recognized," said McDonald.
The twin-engine geological surveying plane went down at 51st and Warman. An Ontario man, 47-year-old Iaroslav Gorokhovski, was killed.
Cpl. Hrycuik saved a 42-year-old pilot and a 57-year-old co-pilot, who were injured in the crash.
In June, the Transportation Safety Board confirmed the right engine broke down. The cause of the engine failure is still under investigation.
Hrycuik was given a commendation for saving Afghan soldiers after an accidental bunker explosion in 2008.