Police Federation

Awards nominee: Devon & Cornwall

PC Agata Makowska

PC Agata Makowska

Hero PC risks own life to save man in house fire

PC Makowska attended reports of a vulnerable man known to the police to have been suffering with mental health issues and alcohol misuse. Neighbours had reported that an intruder alarm had been going off for around half an hour.

Officers saw there were clouds of black smoke coming from an upstairs window. The man inside was able to open the front door but unexpectedly retreated inside away from the officers. PC Makowska rushed to the front door and was met with billowing thick black smoke, filling the entire ground floor and staircase.

The man was slumped on the stairs and did not respond when the officer called out to him. Knowing that Fire and Rescue were eight minutes away, PC Makowska entered the house, going above and beyond what was expected of her. The man had already lost consciousness, so she single-handedly dragged him out to safety.

PC Makowska showed courage and prevented serious injury or even death. After putting herself at risk, the officer needed to go to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation. 

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