The Commissioner has proudly awarded members of the police family and the public, for their dedication, humanity and contributions towards protecting the public of London in a ceremony that took place on the afternoon of Wednesday, 3 August.
The Commissioner personally presented a number of police officers, special constables and a member of the public with commendations and awards from the Royal Humane Society in the presence of the recipients’ friends and family.
The Royal Humane Society is a charity that grants awards for acts of bravery in the saving of human life and, also, for the restoration of life by resuscitation.
Amongst those receiving awards, within their grant categories were:
- Royal Humane Society Certificate of Commendation:
PC Steve Norton, attached to Wandsworth Borough, for personally rushing a sick baby to hospital enabling medical staff to successfully resuscitate the child.
PC Derek Nyenhuis, attached to Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection, for going to the aid of a woman who had been involved in a traffic collision in Westminster.
PC Katie Blackman, attached to Waltham Forest Borough, for preventing a man committing suicide from the road bridge over the A12.
PC Matt Smith, attached to Tower Hamlets Borough, for preventing a mentally unstable woman from jumping off a third storey balcony.
Special Constable James Tysoe and PCs Fraz Chaudhary (who was at the time a Special Constable) attached to Ealing borough, and Robert Weller (who at the time was a Special Constable) attached to Barnet Borough, for preventing a suicidal man from jumping off a car park 60 feet above the ground.
- Royal Human Society Testimonial on Parchment:
Mr Andrew Pollock, a member of the public who was nominated by Lambeth Borough for rescuing a suicidal woman who jumped into the River Thames from the Albert Embankment.
- Royal Human Society Testimonial on Parchment and Certificate of Commendation:
PC Yussef Hassaniyeh, attached to Ealing Borough, for going to the aid of a man who had set himself alight.
- Commissioner’s Commendation:
Special Sergeant Robert Harrild, attached to Harrow Borough, for his outstanding contribution to the borough through his career with the Metropolitan Special Constabulary.
The Commisioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, said: "These people are truly remarkable and it is with pride and thanks that I can commend them for their actions.
"The first duty of all police officers is to protect life and it is very clear that through these officers’, and indeed a member of the public’s, quick thinking and bravery, many people are alive today that would otherwise not be, and many families have been spared the pain of grief."