Police Federation

Awards nominee: Thames Valley

PC Caleb Smith and PC Matthew Agar

PC Caleb Smith and PC Matthew Agar

PCs brave house blaze to save sleeping woman

PCs Smith and Agar attended reports of a house fire. They could see that residents had smashed the glass of a back door to try to get in and that smoke was pouring out of the house.

It had not been confirmed whether there was anyone in the building. Although officers had been told by residents that a woman lived there, they could not wait around to find out for certain if she was in.

After grabbing a fire extinguisher from their vehicle, the officers got into the house but were confronted by thick smoke, making it difficult to see. Trying to find their way around, PC Smith went into the living room where he found a barely conscious woman slouched under a duvet on the sofa. PC Agar was battling with flames in the kitchen and trying to put the blaze out. He helped his colleague lift the victim outside to safety.

By then fire crews had arrived and began giving the woman first aid. She later made a full recovery.

The officers had attended a fire before, but it was the first time they had gone into a burning building to save a life. Their actions were selfless and instinctive.

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