Police recognition for community heroes

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Good Samaritans who helped officers and potentially saved the life an elderly man have been recognised at the Wakefield Police Awards.

Ben Manual, from Upton, and Rebecca Poole, of South Elmsall, picked up a police commendation at The Grove in South Kirkby last week.

The pair were presented with their awards by Chief Supt Simon Whitehead and West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson.

Insp Geoff Carter, from the South Kirkby neighbourhood police team, said “It was an honour to meet such wonderful members of our community. Thank you to both Rebecca and Ben for your selfless acts of kindness.”

Supt Simon Whitehead, said: “It has been a privilege to be able to recognise the community spirit, hard work and in many cases bravery of both police officers and residents who have gone above and beyond to make our area safer.

“Those rewarded include residents such as Miss Poole and Mr Manual who both made a real difference to help those around them and officers who ran into burning buildings to help keep people safe.

“I also wish to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of officers who have investigated some truly horrendous crimes with great skill and sensitivity towards victims to help secure substantial sentences for the suspects. Officers in Wakefield remain committed to doing the very best they can to keep our district as a safe and peaceful place to live.”

The awards also recognised police officers from across the West Yorkshire force who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Mr Burns-Williamson said: “These awards serve as a timely reminder of the role police and staff play in our communities in West Yorkshire.

“Their bravery and dedication is truly humbling. I thank each and every officer and staff member for their hard work and commitment.”