Welsh officers recognised in St David Awards

PC Owen Davies and PC Rhiannon Hurst of Gwent Police were called to a house fire in Newport in the early hours of 9 January 2014. Arriving at the house, they were given details of the occupants including a disabled child trapped in the attic. As the fire service was yet to arrive, and without thought to their own safety, the two officers entered the burning building and located 7 of the occupants and brought them out to safety.

Both returned to the building to attempt to rescue the child still in the attic. Once the attic door was located PC Hurst left the scene to summon further assistance. However, PC Davies was unable to open the attic door and was forced to leave the building as burning debris was falling. The officers then briefed the Fire Service on the location of the trapped child who was eventually brought to safety. All 8 family members were rescued without serious injuries due to the quick thinking and bravery of the two officers.

The awards, first introduced in 2014, are sponsored by the Welsh Government and recognise achievement of people in Wales who have been exceptional in their field.

For more information, visit Welsh Government.