Hero Gwent police officers meet David Cameron at Downing Street
3:02pm Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
HERO police officers who rescued a man trapped inside his home during an arson attack met David Cameron at Downing Street.
The four Gwent officers fought their way through thick choking smoke to find a disoriented Stanislaw Galeza at his house in Livingstone Place, Newport, on March 7, 2011.
Chief Insp Martyn Smith, Sgt Stephen Drayton and PCs David Nancarrow and Thomas Seagrim were nominated for Police Bravery Awards. They lost out to Dyfed Powys Police PC Steve Williams who risked his own life in an attempt to save a drowning boy from deadly quarry waters. The nominees met the Prime Minister at Downing Street before the award ceremony in London on Thursday evening.
Acting Gwent Police Chief Constable Jeff Farrar congratulated his four colleagues, saying: “The action of the officers on that evening were in the highest traditions of the force.
“Working together and demonstrating immense bravery they helped to prevent loss of life. They showed true commitment to their duty, and this national recognition is quite rightly deserved.“
Four men were jailed for their part in the attack on Mr Galeza; Pawel Lysonik, 23, of Capel Crescent, Newport, and Kamil Semrau, 30, of Chepstow Road, Newport, both received 15 years after being found guilty of attempting to murder Mr Galeza and seven years, to be served concurrently, for causing arson with intent to endanger life. Lukas Kalkowski, 31, of Laundry Road, Pontypridd, and Stanislaw Gliszczynski, 33, of no fixed abode, were each jailed for three years for attempted grievous bodily harm.
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