Two Police officers attend National Bravery Awards after rescuing man from burning building in Skelmersdale

Two Police officers attend National Bravery Awards after rescuing man from burning building in Skelmersdale

by Henry James (July 2022)

TWO Lancashire Police officers attended The National Police Bravery Awards in London, having rescued a man from a burning building in Skelmersdale.

PC Simon Wheeler (pictured right) and PC Paul Rogers-Thomas (pictured left) were in London on Thursday, July 14 after being nominated for their heroic actions in attending the house fire.

Police had been called in the early hours of April 4, 2021, with officers receiving information a man was inside a ground flat with smoke seen coming from the property.

Given the danger to the homeowner and ignoring their own safety, PC Wheeler took off his body armour and forced his way inside through a small window. PC Wheeler found a chip pan well alight on a lit stove. He removed the pan, putting the fire out and turning off the cooker. He then opened the front door and having taken a breath, re-entered the address with PC Roger-Thomas to search for the man. In the living room the homeowner was found asleep, with the officers pulling him to safety. The pair then returned to the property and searched the premises - thankfully nobody else was found inside.

Lancashire Police said, “the brave and selfless actions of the officers saved the life of the householder and prevented a potentially catastrophic outcome for other residents in the block of flats.”

The pair attended the event with Chief Con Chris Rowley and Andrew Snowden, Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Greater Manchester Police received the regional award for Police Bravery, after three officers chased and apprehended a man who was carrying a firearm.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police commented: “We remain very proud of our officers, who went beyond the call of duty in saving a man’s life.”

Chief Con Chris Rowley, of Lancashire Constabulary, said: “Greater Manchester Police were successful in being awarded the regional prize for their heroic actions and we must say well done to them.

“However our people are still outstanding and showed tremendous bravery. We are incredibly proud of Paul and Simon.”

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