PCSOs receive BBC Make a Difference Award for bravery
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Two PCSOs have been presented with a bravery award at the BBC Make a Difference Awards in Leicester yesterday (Sunday 3 September).
PCSOs Philip Grimwood and Matt Jones (who is now a PC at Derbyshire Constabulary) received a bravery award for their courageous actions in saving a man’s life.
The man, who had doused himself in petrol was trying to set himself on fire. The two PCSOs, who had themselves become covered in petrol, managed to remove a lighter from the man and secure him safely. He was stood very close to a busy restaurant and may have not only seriously injured himself but other members of the public too. Philip and Matt took decisive action to stop him and bravely put themselves at risk in order to protect others.
Chief Constable Rob Nixon QPM was at the award ceremony at The Athena. He said; “Philip and Matt’s selflessness serves as a reminder of the unwavering commitment of our local officers, many of who carry out acts of bravery each and every day.
“As an attendee of this excellent event, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for the invitation. It was an honour to represent Leicestershire Police and witness the exceptional stories and achievements of those nominated, and my sincere congratulations go out to all the award recipients. Each and every one of them makes an invaluable difference to the vibrant and diverse city of Leicester.”
Philip and Matt are very modest about their actions. Reflecting back on the day Matt said; “At the time our focus was on protecting him and the people in the restaurant, it was only afterwards it hit us how dangerous the situation was. It is nice to be recognised and we are very grateful that someone has realised it was a good job.”