Heroic police trio up for national bravery award after Boston crash
They smashed their way into a burning car, and despite the searing flames, pulled a man to safety.
Now, the three Lincolnshire police officers who risked their own lives to save the driver have been nominated for a national bravery award.
PCs David Brennan, David Burdon and Sarah Luker have already been recognised by the Royal Humane Society for their dramatic rescue.
In October 2011, they rushed to reports of a crash in Kirton Holme, near Boston.
A driver had failed to stop after the crash and raced off.
But shortly after he veered off the road and flipped the car onto its roof - into a drainage ditch.
The car was immediately engulfed by flames.
But within four minutes, the three officers were at the scene of the burning car.
Ignoring the flames, PC Luker smashed the front window and crawled into the burning car to try and rescue the driver.
PC Brennan used his fire extinguisher to help tackle the fire, which was beginning to spread through the car.
He then helped PC Luker pull the passenger through the
thick smoke to safety.
PC Burdon helped drag the driver away from the flames and onto the slope of the ditch.
After being released from hospital, the driver was prosecuted for drink driving, disqualified for 22 months and given a suspended prison sentence.
Stephen Mann, CEO for Police Mutual which supports the Police Bravery Awards, said: “Every single police officer who has been nominated for an award is a truly special individual.
“It is only right that we take time out to reflect on their heroism and dedication and recognise the incredibly difficult situations police officers face, in keeping the public safe.”
The trio will find out whether they have won the Police Bravery Award at a ceremony in London, on October 17.