Brave of­fi­cers up for Met award

Po­lice con­sta­bles charged into burn­ing build­ing to res­cue two peo­ple

Uxbridge Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexander Ballinger alexander.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­

TWO lion-hearted Hilling­don po­lice of­fi­cers have been nom­i­nated for a pres­ti­gious Metropoli­tan Po­lice award after they hero­ically res­cued a woman from a burn­ing house in South Ruis­lip.

PCs Shand Pane­sar and Craig Ni­chol­son were praised for show­ing ‘im­mense brav­ery’ after they were called to the blaze, in Bridge­wa­ter Road, on Septem­ber 20 last year.

The fire had bro­ken out at 8.41pm and took 21 fire­fight­ers more than an hour to bring it un­der con­trol.

With­out safety equip­ment, the two of­fi­cers charged into the flame-en­gulfed house with­out hes­i­ta­tion.

The of­fi­cers were first forced out of the build­ing by the blaze, but PC Ni­chol­son took sev­eral deep breaths and reen­tered 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.

The woman has since made a full re­cov­ery and paramedics said the woman would have died if PC Ni­chol­son did not res­cue her from the build­ing and carry out CPR.

Met Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Sir Bernard Ho­gan-Howe said: “We have some out­stand­ing can­di­dates for this year’s brav­ery award.

“All would make very wor­thy win­ners. Such re­mark­able acts of pro­fes­sion­al­ism and self­less acts of brav­ery are of­ten car­ried out in the Metropoli­tan Po­lice Ser­vice, but rarely re­marked upon.

“Th­ese awards give us the op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise and cel­e­brate the courage of some of our of­fi­cers, in sav­ing lives and tack­ling armed and dan­ger­ous crim­i­nals.

“Please take a small amount of time out of your day to read about what th­ese of­fi­cers did that re­sulted in them be­ing nom­i­nated for this brav­ery award and then place your vote.

“It was a very dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion for us to se­lect th­ese cases from a huge num­ber of nom­i­na­tions.

“This will be my last time as com­mis­sioner pre­sent­ing th­ese awards.

“My of­fi­cers and staff 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.

“This is an op­por­tu­nity for me to say thank you to all those men and women of the Met who give so much for Lon­don ev­ery day.”

The pub­lic vote opened on Mon­day Jan­uary 16 and closes on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 6. A win­ner will be pre­sented with their award at a cer­e­mony on Fe­bru­ary 10.

BRAVE: PC Shand Pane­sar (left) and PC Craig Ni­chol­son

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