Welsh officers recognised in national awards

16 March 2015

Three police officers have been recognised by the Welsh Government as nominees for the bravery award at the second annual St David Awards.

Police Constables Matthew Thomas and Jim Salmon and Detective Constable Mark Jones of Dyfed Powys Police were nominated for their courage in entering a burning house in Haverfordwest, on November 2013, and rescuing two people.

The building was well alight and filled with dense smoke by the time the officers arrived, and they made the calculated decision to enter the building ahead of the approaching fire service due to the severity of the fire. Inside the building the officers had to navigate through complete darkness, with reduced breathing capability, where they managed to locate and rescue the occupant of the house and another individual who was staying at the property.

The bravery award went to Derek Pusey, Leonard Walters and Clive Williams of Cardigan Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) for their roles in conducting a life threatening night-time rescue of two men who were stranded on a ledge amongst steep rocks near Tresaith in Ceredigion in September 2013.

The awards, first introduced last year, are sponsored by the Welsh Government and recognise the exceptional achievement of people in Wales who have been exceptional in their field.

The ceremony took place at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on Thursday 12 March. Full details of the awards, nominations and winners can be found here.