South Wales - saved woman's life

South Wales PC Chris Bluck and PC Rhys Edwards

PC Chris Bluck (left) and PC Rhys Edwards

Quick-thinking police duo who saved woman’s life nominated for national Police Bravery Award.

PCs Christopher Bluck and Rhys Edwards, who are both patrol officers based in Bridgend, were called to the scene in the early hours of the morning back in March, the duo were let in to a property where they could see smoke coming from under a bedroom door which had been barricaded by furniture.

Without hesitation, they forced entry in to the room, where they discovered a woman sat among a pile of burning clothes and paper, with her clothing alight.

More alarmingly, she was in possession of a firearm and was threatening to harm herself. 

Without any time to consider whether or not the gun was real, the two dragged the woman to safety on the street, where they administered first aid while the fire service extinguished the rest of the fire.

And having recovered the gun – which was discovered to be a BB gun that fired metal ball bearings, two of which the woman had shot in to her mouth – PC Bluck and PC Edwards then drove her to the hospital where she was treated for her injuries and put in to the care of health services. 

And as part of their ongoing investigations, the officers also recovered two more firearms.

Steve Trigg, Chair of South Wales Police Federation, who nominated the officers, said:  “These brave officers put themselves in harm’s way by entering a dangerous fire.  Not only that, they were then faced with a woman, surrounded by fire, pointing a gun in her mouth.

“Without their quick thinking and dedication to duty, someone or all of them could have lost their lives.”

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