Brave bobbies entered burning house in Derbyshire

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Two police officers who risked their lives to save a woman from her burning smoke-filled home have been recognised for their bravery.

Police Constables Andrew Bellamy and Julian Matthews have been awarded Royal Humane Society certificates for their courage in the early hours of October 12 last year when they were the first to arrive at a burning house in Renishaw.

With firefighters on their way but still minutes away from the scene the police officers feared that if anyone was inside the burning property they could die before crews arrived.

The daring duo forced their way into the terraced house in Main Road, Renishaw, and found the terrified woman slumped behind the door of a ground floor bathroom.

They got her out of the building and she was rushed to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation.

PC Matthews was also treated for smoke inhalation.

Both made full recoveries.

Dick Wilkinson, secretary of the Royal Humane Society, said: “It takes enormous courage to go into a burning building but these two officers didn’t hesitate.

“Rather than wait for the fire service they broke into the house and searched through the smoke filled rooms until they found the terrified woman.

“It was an immensely brave thing to do and they richly deserve the awards that have been made to them.”

The brave bobbies were put forward for their awards by bosses at Derbyshire Police.

A date for the formal presentation of their awards has not yet been set.

The roots of the Royal Humane Society stretch back more than two centuries.

It is renowned as the premier national body for honouring bravery in the saving of human lives.