Chief’s salute to cool heroes of Calderdale

Dale Thornton
Dale Thornton

HAVE-A-GO heroes who helped a police officer under attack, a man dying in a car and to find an offender on the run have been praised by Calderdale’s top cop.

The Calderdale Police Divisional Awards Evening saw commendations presented by Chief Superintendent Chris Hardern to four members of the public as well as a host of police officers and PCSOs.

l They included Dale Thornton, from Hipperholme, who dived into help when he found a man assaulting a police officer.

The 31-year-old was leaving the Co-op in Hipperholme when he saw the cop pinned to the the floor.

“He was knocking 10 bells out of him,” said Mr Thornton, a former Marine who now works as a paramedic.

He rushed to help, rugby-tackling the attacker so the officer could get up and arrest him.

“I didn’t think anything of it until I got a call to say I was getting this commendation,” he said. “It was just one of those things.”

l Father-and-son Steven and Ashley Wright, from Littleborough and Hebden Bridge, were praised after they stopped to help a man in a car parked at Cragg Vale with a pipe leading inside from the exhaust.

They got the man out and called paramedics and have since had a letter from the man’s family thanking them for saving him.

l Also commended was Andrew Davison, who was with Detective Inspector Gail Lawrie when she received a call to say a wanted man was on the run and had threatened to harm himself.

Mr Davison helped track down the wanted him before he could harm himself or others and so he could be brought to justice.

l Officers commended at the ceremony included Sergeant Richard Armstead, PC Emma Leatherland and PC Jenna Stabler for their battle to save Halifax teenager Lisa Saville when they were first on the scene of the accident that killed her in City Lane, Wheatley, last year. The officers said they wanted to accept the commendation in Lisa’s memory.

l PC Jenna Atkinson was given the Horsfall memorial Trophy for outstanding commitment to neighbourhood policing.

l PC Atkinson, from the Upper Valley neighbourhood policing team, was described by Chief Inspector Kate Jowett as “a real gem to have in Calderdale”.

l Special Constable Anthony Sutcliffe was commended for his 125 hours of service volunteered and for spotting and helping stop a group of known offenders while off-duty and visiting his grandma in Greetland.

l Also recognised for exceptional service, dedication and commitment were PCSOs Anthony Farmery, George Serban and Edward Webb, all from the Upper Valley neighbourhood policing team. PCSO Farmery had pursued a man and kept him detained while help arrived despite the man trying to kick, punch and bite him and threatening to kill him.

Chief Superintendent Hardern said: “People face challenging situations every day of their lives. Some do so through their choice of career, others are by chance.

“This is our opportunity to recognise those who truly go beyond the call of duty and have made a notable contribution towards tackling crime and keeping the public safe in Calderdale.”