Bravery and heroic acts recognised at Wakefield Division police awards

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Officers who saved people from burning buildings and Good Samaritans who went “above and beyond” were among those honoured at the Wakefield Police Awards.

The roll call included those who helped bring chef Dermar Pahi Asnawi to justice for a serious sex assault on two women in a city centre Thai restaurant after closing time. He was jailed for 13 years.

The awards also recognised the public’s feats.

These included Rebecca Poole, from South Elmsall, who rescued a high-risk missing person earlier this month in extreme weather conditions. Police believe she may have saved his life.

Also honoured was Ben Manual, of Upton, who came across a Police and Community Support Officer who was struggling with a violent man last October.

Mr Manual, with no thought for his own safety, came to the officer’s aid and helped detain the man who was wanted for a number of serious offences.

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

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

PC Mark Pedder has also won an award for entering a blazing property in Ossett last October. He helped get people out and save lives.

Police volunteer Peter Wilson was also commended for helping to train officers about the challenges faced by residents with learning difficulties.

Supt 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.”

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson, who helped present the awards, said: “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.”