In the early hours of the morning police were called toÂ a flat fire. DC Jones and PC Salmon were first on theÂ scene, followed by PC Thomas. The front door wasÂ alight, inside was filled with dense smoke and the heatÂ was intense.
The officers were told that someone was in there.Â Despite warnings not to enter and with no thought forÂ their own safety, they managed to gain entry byÂ forcing open the door that was ablaze. The black acridÂ smoke meant the officers were searching the flat inÂ complete darkness. Unknown to them, the front doorÂ had slammed shut. They were now locked inside.
With incredible teamwork they managed to locate aÂ heavily intoxicated man asleep in his bed. They thenÂ located another man who was also asleep.
They now realised that they were trapped and couldÂ not force the door ajar. Conditions were deadly andÂ they had no time to spare.
PC Salmonâ€™s quick thinking enabled them to get outÂ after he used his radio aerial to prise the door open.Â With sheer determination and resourcefulness theseÂ courageous officers undoubtedly saved the menâ€™s lives,Â with moments to spare.