Police Federation

Awards nominee: Metropolitan 1

PC Neil Dobson

PC Neil Dobson

Hero PC braves smoke to evacuate flats on fire

PC Dobson was helping colleagues with an unrelated search when they noticed a fire in a basement flat over the road. He went straight over to help and confirmed that no one was in. However, there were thick black plumes of smoke pouring from the windows and there were numerous occupied flats in the building.

PC Dobson and his colleagues were let in to the block of flats and saw the main stairway, which was filling with smoke. Despite the danger, PC Dobson and the other officers quickly knocked on doors to get everyone out. When there was no reply, he forced doors open and searched the flat to make sure that everybody was safe. While he was clearing the building, PC Dobson had to go outside twice to get fresh air and avoid the effects of smoke.

Only when he was satisfied that the building was empty did he and the local officers leave, by which time the flats were full of smoke.

PC Dobson then continued his night shift as if nothing had happened.

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