Newport blaze rescue police up for bravery award
10:01am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Gwent news
HERO police officers have been shortlisted for national bravery awards for rescuing a man trapped inside his home during an arson attack.
The four Gwent officers fought their way through thick choking smoke to find a disoriented Stanislaw Galeza at his house in Livingstone Place, Newport.
The “selfless” officers searched every room in the property, not only saving his life but also stopping the fire from spreading to other properties, the Police Federation said.
They risked life and limb as firefighters rushed to the scene of the blaze.
Tomorrow, Chief Insp Martyn Smith, Sgt Stephen Drayton and PCs David Nancarrow and Thomas Seagrim will go head to head with Welsh colleagues for a gong in the Police Bravery Awards in London.
Gwent Police Federation chairman Jeff Mapps said: “The four officers demonstrated selfless bravery in valiantly entering a building which was engulfed in flames, where, without hesitation, they searched through thick, choking smoke, making sure all inside were safely evacuated.”
Four men were jailed last year for their part in the attack on Mr Galeza in the early hours of March 7, 2011.
In May 2012 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.
A Police Federation spokesman said: “In scenes reminiscent of the movie Backdraft, the four officers fought their way through thick black smoke as the building groaned from the fire.
“They searched every room and quickly located the disorientated resident who was rescued and taken from the house.”
Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner, Ian Johnston, said yesterday: “I’m immensely proud that officers from Gwent are again being recognised nationally, they are a credit both to the Force and to Gwent.”
The officers will vie for a prize at the 18th Police Bravery Awards, competing against dedicated officers who risked life and limb in attempts to rescue members of the public caught up in fires and water incidents in Wales.
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