Hero police officer from Halifax who saved three men from a burning building is up for a national award

PC Araron Horsfall receives his commendation from Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison
PC Araron Horsfall receives his commendation from Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison
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A police officer from Halifax who saved three people from a burning building has been nominated for a national award.

PC Aaron Horsfall, who has lived in Southowram, Lee Mount and Northowram and played rugby for several Halifax teams, will travel to London to see if he was won the Police Bravery Award next week.

“It all happened really fast,” he said. “I didn’t really think about myself, my main concern was the people inside the house.

“It wasn’t until I was lying in the hospital bed that I actually thought about what I had done.”

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.