West Midlands Police have awarded a silver medal for bravery to Wednesfield resident Stephen Bayliss – Stephen had restrained a man with a lighter, after he doused himself and his daughter with petrol and threatened to set them both alight.
Stephen was just one of eleven people in the West Midlands to receive a commendation from the force but there were more winners from the West Midlands this year than from any other force area.Â Honorary Awards Secretary Chief Constable David Crompton said
“Every day, somewhere in the UK, people put themselves in harm’s way in order to aid others who are vulnerable or at risk â€“ and that’s not always just police officers.
“The Police Public Bravery Awards do not exist to encourage people to place themselves in danger, but they do represent the opportunity, once a year, for police to pay tribute to those in the community, who no doubt consider themselves to be ordinary people and yet have performed extraordinary acts of bravery.
“These acts are a true expression of public spirit and courage. They show that the famous quote from Robert Peel, the father of modern policing, is alive and well – `The police are the public and the public are the police.'”
To read about all the other winners visit the West Midlands Police website.
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