Of­fi­cers hon­oured for sav­ing cou­ple from burn­ing build­ing

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By ALEXAN­DER BALLINGER alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @amb­hack

TWO of Hilling­don’s finest have been give a Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice ex­cel­lence award af­ter they risked their lives to save a cou­ple from a burn­ing build­ing in South Ruis­lip.

The cov­eted To­tal Ex­cel­lence Polic­ing Awards were held on Fri­day February 10 in cen­tral Lon­don to recog­nise the great work of­fi­cers have car­ried out across the cap­i­tal.

Thou­sands of Lon­don­ers voted to choose their win­ner in the Out­stand­ing Brav­ery of the Year Award, which went to PC Craig Ni­chol­son and PC Shand Pane­sar from Hilling­don.

On Tuesday Septem­ber 20, PCs Ni­chol­son and Pane­sar ar­rived at the fire, in Bridge­wa­ter Road, at around 8.41pm.

With­out fire safety equip­ment or pro­tec­tive cloth­ing the pair showed what they were made of and rushed into the flame-en­gulfed build­ing af­ter learning two peo­ple were trapped inside. They were first forced out of the build­ing by the blaze, but PC Ni­chol­son took sev­eral deep breaths and re-en­tered us­ing only his po­lice shirt to cover his mouth and nose. Inside he was able to find a trapped man who he guided out of the build­ing, be­fore he lo­cated the un­con­scious woman and dragged her out of the house. Once out­side, PC Ni­chol­son dis­re­garded his own breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and started CPR un­til the am­bu­lance ser­vice ar­rived, while PC Pane­sar at­tended to the in­jured man. Paramedics said the woman would have died if PC Ni­chol­son had not res­cued her from the build­ing and carry out CPR. Out­go­ing Met Com­mis­sioner Sir Bernard Ho­gan-Howe said: “These awards give us the op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise and cel­e­brate the courage and pro­fes­sion­al­ism of our of­fi­cers and po­lice staff in sav­ing lives, fight­ing crime and tack­ling armed and dan­ger­ous crim­i­nals.

We all joined the Met to serve and pro­tect Lon­don­ers and make our city safe for ev­ery­one Sir Bernard Ho­gan-Howe

“We all joined the Met to serve and pro­tect Lon­don­ers and make our city safer for ev­ery­one. I am proud to lead an or­gan­i­sa­tion where amaz­ing work hap­pens ev­ery day. To­day is an op­por­tu­nity for me to say a fi­nal thank you to all those men and women of the Met who give so much for Lon­don ev­ery day.”

Sir Bernard Ho­gan-Howe with of­fi­cers Shand Pane­sar and Craig Ni­chol­son

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