Police receive awards for bravery at scenes of Haverhill fires

Rob March and Paul Greenwood with their Protection of Life from Fire certificates
Rob March and Paul Greenwood with their Protection of Life from Fire certificates

Six police officers have been recognised for their brave actions at scenes of house fires in Haverhill last year.

On March 9, 2015, Richard Starkey, Alan Janes and Stuart Cirket were called to a property in The Keep where a man had set fire to his home and was threatening to kill his partner and their daughter.

They took control of the 38-year-old man, who was subsequently jailed for four years, dragged him out the house and helped evacuate nearby properties.

On March 19, 2015, Kevin Rolt, Paul Greenwood and Rob March risked their lives by entering an ‘intense fire’ at a house in Bellings Road to reach a man in a second floor bedroom.

The officers were unable to save the man, who was himself a retired police detective, but they all showed ‘exceptional bravery’ in the face of danger.

All six of these officers received Protection of Life from Fire certificates during a commendation ceremony at Suffolk Police headquarters last week (July 27).

Suffolk chief constable Gareth Wilson said he was ‘very proud’ of all involved.