Officer holds his nerve to makes house fire rescue – Police Bravery Awards – Merseyside Nominee
October 17, 2014, 6:02 pm
PC Griffiths was on mobile patrol when he saw the front door of a house was on fire. It was the early hours of the morning. He immediately grabbed the extinguisher from his patrol car to put out the flames that were spreading rapidly. He could hear screaming from inside and concerned, he forced the door open.
With a total disregard for his own safety, not knowing if there was fire coming from elsewhere and struggling to breathe, he followed the screaming up the stairs. The thick black smoke made it almost impossible to see.
He went into a bedroom where he found a frightened and distressed woman. He reassured her and led her downstairs and out of the house to safety.
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He could hear other people screaming and returned to the hallway where he found another woman trying to find her way out. He also led her to safety. Another occupant of the house managed to jump out of a first floor window to safety.
If it wasnt for PC Griffiths patrolling the area, his decisive actions and holding his nerve in terrifying circumstances, the occupants may not have escaped with their lives.