Awards nominee: Leicestershire
Brave officers help after helicopter crash
(Top) PC Kevin Marsh and PC Steve Quartermain
(Bottom) PC Mike Hinton and PS Michael Hooper
Leicestershire Police were policing a Leicester City football match, when at the end of the game a helicopter leaving the stadium tragically crashed.
Emergency services responded to the crash, which was witnessed by four on duty officers, PCs Hinton, Marsh and Quartermain and Sgt Michael Hooper. The officers drove up to the crashed helicopter, which was on fire. One of them drew his baton and tried desperately to smash the windows while others grabbed fire extinguishers to try to put the fire out. Suddenly the helicopter exploded, forcing the officers to retreat.