Bridgewater teens receive Cadet Commendation

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News / May 11, 2016

Cadet Sergeant James Cheeseman and Cadet Warrant Officer Michelle Cheeseman of the 2688 Bridgewater Kinsmen Army Cadets in Bridgewater, N.S. received Cadet Commendations this week for their efforts to save the life of a follow neighbour last winter. The incident took place back on March 27th 2015, when the two noticed their neighbour was in destress and came to his aid.

James and Michelle were walking along the road near their bus stop when they heard a loud noise and witnessed their neighbour’s shed roof collapse. James ran to the shed to verify if anyone was in the building when he heard Mr. Kenneth Bruhm yelling for help. Through quick thinking and decisive actions, the two were able to contact emergency response services and, through the help of their father, secure the falling shed enough for Mr. Bruhm to breathe and eventually be safely retrieved and receive medical attention.

“I am very thrilled for them. I am glad to see them receive credit for what they have done and its well deserved. It’s a proud moment for all involved,” commented Captain Heather Wharton, Commanding Officer of the 2688 cadets.

Regional Cadet Support Unit Atlantic (RCSUA) Commander Tom Aquanno presented the commendations to the cadets. James and Michelle were pleased to be acknowledged for their hard work that day and are justifiably proud of what they did.


“When I reflect on what happened, it was shocking. I was amazed to see that this could happen to someone. I am full of pride and I feel great for stopping that day to help him,” said Cadet Sergeant James Cheeseman.


James was glad they were near by that day; they weren’t sure what could have happened if they didn’t help their neighbour. It took a lot of physical and mental ability to stabilize the collapsed shed. He was also glad his father and sister were there to help them.

“I was really scared when I saw this happening, I wasn’t sure of the outcome. Now, looking back on what me and my bother did, I am very proud and full of excitement. I am happy to be recognized for what we did that day,’ said. Cadet Warrant Officer Michelle Cheeseman.

Cadet Commendations are very hard to receive. The Commanding Officer of the unit must recommend those cadet(s) to their respective League. From there it is sent to the National Defence Headquarters where the Canadian Cadet Movement (CCM), National Honours and Awards Committee reviews the application. In this case in December 2015, Brigadier General Kelly Woiden, Commander of the National Cadet and Junior Canadian Ranger Support Group signed the Canadian Cadet Organizations National Honours and Recognition Committee’s recommendation for these cadets.   

The Canadian Cadet Program is offered to youth ages 12 to 18 who can become members of the Royal Canadian Sea, Army or Air Cadets. The Cadet Program promotes teamwork, leadership, mentorship and a healthy active lifestyle.


Lieutenant Charles Huntley is a member of 2444 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in Kentville, N.S. Lt Huntley is the Assistant Training Officer for the unit. Lt Huntley previously worked as a Unit Public Affairs Representative (UPAR) for the Debert Cadet Summer Training Center in Debert, N.S.

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