Hamil­ton of­fi­cers’ brav­ery awarded


It was duty with a dif­fer­ence when seven po­lice of­fi­cers re­ported to Gov­ern­ment House.

They were there to be in­vested by the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral, Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy for their heroic ac­tions in sav­ing lives or for their ini­tia­tives and ser­vice to youth and the com­mu­nity.

Two Waikato po­lice dog han­dlers, Se­nior Con­sta­ble Blair Spald­ing and Con­sta­ble Ben Turner, were pre­sented with the New Zealand Brav­ery Dec­o­ra­tion.

Spald­ing and Turner’s ci­ta­tion noted they acted with ‘‘ex­cep­tional brav­ery’’ in a sit­u­a­tion of dan­ger when they over­pow­ered an armed gun­man in a busy cen­tral Hamil­ton street, pre­vent­ing risk to oth­ers.

‘‘...They acted with ex­cep­tional brav­ery in a sit­u­a­tion of dan­ger.’’

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