Brave bobby from Halifax wins bravery award

PC Ashley Horsfall with shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper at the national police bravery awards
PC Ashley Horsfall with shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper at the national police bravery awards
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An heroic police officer from Halifax has won an award for the courage he showed when he rescued three people from a burning building.

PC Aaron Horsfall, who has lived in Southowram, Lee Mount and Northowram and played rugby for several Halifax teams, was presented with the northern regional award at the National Police Bravery Awards last night.

The prize is after he was patrolling Leeds Road in Bradford when he noticed a house and a vehicle both on fire.

Witout concern for his own safety, he rushed into the burning house to check for occupants.

After breaking down the back door, he went inside and found two men asleep.

Despite both being heavily drunk and disorientated, he managed to support and guided the pair through the house to safety.

Once outside, PC Horsfall established from the men that another man was still inside the attic bedroom, and he returned inside the burning house.

As the fire spread ferociously, the officer found attic bedroom and the third man, who began attacking him. He managed to restrain the man, before dragging him from the house as he continued to fight and resist.

PC Horsfall was taken to hospital by ambulance and treated for carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation.

He has already been given a commendation for his bravery from the Chief Constable.