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The Police and Crime Commissioner has commended the bravery of officers, after they saved a 79 year old man from a house fire in Worcester.

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said “This is a prime example of police officers, who are ordinary people, doing extraordinary things.  These six officers acted selflessly and it is important that they get the recognition they deserve for their bravery. On behalf of our communities, I would like to thank them, the Hereford and Worcester Firefighters and West Midlands Ambulance service for saving the man’s life”

Superintendent Kevin Purcell said; “Shortly after 5am this morning, an officer on patrol noticed a house on fire. He called for support from colleagues and together they forced entry to the house and helped the resident, a 79 year old man, to safety. The man was taken to hospital where he is receiving treatment. Six officers also attended A&E where they received precautionary treatment for smoke inhalation. Thanks to the officers’ quick thinking and actions to protect life, the outcome of this incident could have been very different. This is a fine example of our officers assessing a situation and taking action in order to protect a member of the public from harm, putting their own personal safety at risk. I would like to commend the actions of these six police officers involved and the fantastic partnership working between police, fire and ambulance services. The fire is not believed to be suspicious at this time.”

Issued: Wednesday 10th May 2017