At a ceremony in Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Governor General David Johnston presented the men with Medals of Bravery for their heroic rescue effort on that October day in 2011.
Jeremy Kerr, Lonney Lee, Shawn Nagurny, Francis Nand, HaimPeri and John Redmond rushed into a small plane that had crash landed short of Vancouver Airport.
Carolyn Cross was one of the women on board.
She texted her children as the plane lost control thinking it was the end. Cross was in Ottawa for the ceremony Tuesday and talked to the CBC's Andrew Chang about her experience.