Bravery awards for Calderdale officers who saved man from burning building

PC Ryal Stockton receives his bravery commendation from Assistant Chief Constable Craig Guildford
PC Ryal Stockton receives his bravery commendation from Assistant Chief Constable Craig Guildford

Brave police officers from Calderdale who saved a man from a burning building have been awarded their courage.

PCs Ryan Stockton, Angela Lister and Gregory Peel took on flames and thick black smoke to rescue the man from a flat fire in Todmorden.

They have been praised by Calderdale’s top cop and presented with Assistant Chief Constable’s Commendations.

Chief Superintendent Chris Harden, Divisional Commander for Calderdale, said: “Their actions were in the very finest traditions of West Yorkshire Police. Had it not been for their actions it is very likely this man would not be alive now.”

The trio were on patrol in February in Todmorden when they were flagged down by a man and alerted to a flat on fire in School Lane.

When the officers discovered there was still a man inside, they went in to pull him out.

They had to cover their mouths and noses and battle through the smoke and flames as the fire rapidly took hold.

PC’s Stockton and Lister went into the lounge and found the man as PC Peel searched other rooms.

They pulled him to safety before PC Stockton went back inside to check with PC Peel that no one else was inside.

Chief Superintendent Hardern said: “In doing what they did PC’s Stockton, Lister and Peel demonstrated the very highest standards the public expects of officers.
“They have risked their own safety by entering a burning building with smoke so thick they could hardly see in front of them before saving a man’s life.
“I am very proud that we have officers of this calibre working in Calderdale and serving the community.”