Derbyshire police officers save woman as her home goes up in flames

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Two police officers who rescued a woman as her house went up in flames have been hailed.

Police Constables Drew Bellamy and Julian Matthews received the Royal Humane Society’s Testimonial on Parchment awards at a ceremony at Derbyshire Constabulary’s headquarters in Ripley last week.

In the early hours of the morning on Sunday, October 12 last year, the officers arrived at the scene of a house blaze in Main Road, Renishaw, before fire service colleagues.

The house was well-alight and full of smoke but someone was believed to be trapped inside.

The officers forced entry by the back door.

Visibility was poor inside the house because of the thick smoke.

After searching several rooms, they eventually found a woman lying behind the door in a ground floor bathroom.

The officers dragged her outside and she was taken to hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.

Constable Matthews was also taken to hospital for treatment.

The blaze was believed to have started accidentally, Derbyshire fire service said.

Chief Constable Mick Creedon, of Derbyshire Constabulary, said: “Every day as police officers go about their duties they may have cause to risk their own lives to save others.

“They don’t think twice about going beyond the call of duty to help complete strangers in need.

“Constables Bellamy and Matthews showed incredible courage when they were faced with a life-threatening situation.”

The Royal Humane Society is a charity charity which grants awards for acts of bravery in the saving of human life.