Police officers rewarded for lifesaving work and bravery at Haverhill house fires

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Six police officers have received recognition for their exemplary service and dedication following their life saving work at two house fires in Haverhill.

On Wednesday 27 July, police officers, staff and volunteers attended a Commendation Ceremony at Suffolk Police Headquarters in Martlesham Heath.

Suffolk’s Chief Constable Gareth Wilson and Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore were in attendance and presented the awards.

Richard Starkey, Alan Janes and Stuart Cirket received Protection of Life from Fire certificates following their brave actions at the scene of a fire. In March 2015, they attended the home address of a suspect in The Keep, Haverhill, who proceeded to set light to the property. They took control of him and dragged him out of the house. All officers helped with evacuations of nearby properties.

Kevin Rolt, Paul Greenwood and Rob March also received Protection of Life from Fire certificates following their actions at a separate house in Bellings Close, Haverhill in March 2015, where a man was in a second floor bedroom. The fire was intense and they risked their own lives to reach the man. Sadly they were unable to save him but all showed exceptional bravery in the face of danger.

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: “I am delighted to be involved in the commendation award ceremony again this year. It is really inspiring to hear the commitment and dedication of officers, staff and volunteers.”

Suffolk’s Chief Constable Gareth Wilson added: “Our commendation ceremonies are a really special occasion at which we are able to honour the dedicated volunteers, staff and officers across Suffolk.

“I am very proud to be part of such a great organisation in such a wonderful county, and would like to congratulate all the award winners today who have served the constabulary and community to an exceptional standard.”