Police Federation

Essex

An off-duty Essex Police officer, who courageously saved his neighbours from their burning house, has been nominated for a National Police Bravery Award 2022.

PC Nash was at the beginning of his career, having just left college, when he was at home in the Colchester area of Essex on 8 May 2020 and heard windows smashing.

He looked across the road and saw his neighbours’ house was on fire, with flames pouring out of the top windows.

PC Nash knew that a family of three lived at the house, including a man who suffered from motor neurone disease and who was bed-bound as a result.

PC Nash immediately ran to the house and, looking through the open front door, could see the man near the back door, with his wife and daughter trying to get him out.

He entered the burning building and told the wife and daughter to get themselves out to safety. He grabbed the man and along with another neighbour, who was an off-duty nurse who wishes not to be named, they got the man out into the back garden as the fire spread to the ground floor.  

They were still in danger, as the garden was completely enclosed and windows were exploding from the heat, showering them with hot broken glass. Thick smoke was also pouring from the house, so they had difficulty breathing.

PC Nash ripped down a fence to a neighbouring property and he and the neighbour carried the man into the next garden and then out into the field behind them.

The fire and rescue service arrived to ensure the fire could be brought under control and neighbouring houses saved.

Essex Police Federation Chair Laura Heggie said: “Taylor and his neighbour are heroes. I commend them for their extreme bravery, putting themselves in danger to save this family in distress. They entered the burning building, despite the flames, thick smoke and exploding windows.

“Taylor was only a young-in-service officer at the time and he was off duty but his actions were in line with the highest traditions of the police service and undoubtedly saved the occupants from death or serious injury.

“It shows once again how police officers are much more than crime fighters.”

 

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