A DONCASTER bobby who talked a man out of burning himself to death has been awarded a Chief Constable’s Commendation for his quick thinking and bravery.
PC Liam Walters, of the Intake and Wheatley Safer Neighbourhood Team, was put forward for the award after he persuaded a drunken man not to set fire to himself and a woman at a house in Wheatley last summer.
PC Walters was the first officer on the scene and began engaging the man in conversation while he was waiting for trained negotiators to attend.
The man was standing above him on the stairs holding a can of petrol and a lighter, but PC Walters spent over an hour talking to him and never gave up even though he was threatening to set him on fire too.
His bravery in remaining with the man allowed another officer to get a ladder to the bedroom window and ensure the woman was brought to safety.
After 90 minutes, PC Walters managed to persuade the man to come out without causing harm to anybody. He was arrested and later jailed for 18 months for affray.
Chf Insp Ian Bint said: “This is one of the bravest acts I have seen in 28 years of policing.”