Police and good samaritans honoured in Wakefield (9 Feb 2015)

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Police who saved residents from burning buildings and good Samaritans who assisted officers and helped potentially save the life an elderly man have been honoured for their selflessness.

Wakefield Police have said a big 'thank you' to those who have gone above and beyond in the district at their annual awards held in late January

Among the winners were Ben Manual from Upton who came across a PCSO struggling with a violent man in an incident last October. With no thought to his own safety, Mr Manual came to the officers aid and helped detain the man who was wanted for a number of serious offences.

Rebecca Poole from South Elsmall also received a divisional commanders award for her bravery in an incident in January 2015.

While driving she came across an elderly man who appeared to be lost and confused, and managed to persuade him to go with her to South Kirkby Police station. The man was a high risk missing person and due to the extreme cold weather it is believed she may well have saved his life.

Among the officers rewarded were PC David Vollans and PCSO Nathan Kenney who entered a burning building on Esther Grove, Wakefield in 2013.

Nathan rescued a 62-year-old man from the flat fire while David, who arrived shortly afterwards went inside himself to make sure there was no-one left behind.

Meanwhile, PC Mark Pedder has also won an award for entering a property in Ossett which was fully ablaze in October last year, helping get people out and save lives.

Other officers nominated include detectives whose thorough work helped secure lengthy sentences for sex offenders including Dermar Pahi Asnawi who was sentenced to 13-years for a serious sexual assault on two women.

Police volunteer Peter Wilson was also commended for the valuable role he has played in training officers about the challenges faced by residents with learning difficulties.

Superintendent Simon Whitehead, said: "It has been a privilege to be able to recognise the community spirit, hard work and in many cases bravery of both police officers and residents who have gone above and beyond to make our area safer.

"Those rewarded include residents such as Miss Poole and Mr Manual who both made a real difference to help those around them and officers who ran into burning buildings to help keep people safe.

"I also wish to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of officers who have investigated some truly horrendous crimes with great skill and sensitivity towards victims to help secure substantial sentences for the suspects.

"Officers in Wakefield remain committed to doing the very best they can to keep our district as a safe and peaceful place to live."

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "These awards serve as a timely reminder of the role police and staff play in our communities in West Yorkshire, whether that is Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees or Wakefield.

"Their bravery and dedication is truly humbling. They know the risks and challenges they face and still they show their dedication, commitment and sense of duty each and every day in their quest to keep us safe from harm, no matter what pressure they are under. I thank each and every officer and staff member for their hard work and commitment.

"This event is all about recognising the fantastic work they do daily, how they can sometimes put themselves in harm's way to keep us safe and secure and how they make such a difference to people's lives."
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