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.’’