South Yorkshire officer wins bravery award

Sgt Chris Foster who has won a national police bravery award.
Sgt Chris Foster who has won a national police bravery award.
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A brave South Yorkshire Police officer has won a national award for wrestling with a gunman who tried to shoot him.

Sergeant Chris Foster, who is based at Ecclesfield Police station, confronted the yob after he found him beating up another man with a baseball bat in a snowstorm in the middle of the night.

Sgt Chris Foster

Sgt Chris Foster

When he arrived on scene, sergeant Foster, who was a PC at the time and on patrol alone, confronted the gunman.

As he approached the offender, the man pointed what looked like a firearm into Sgt Foster’s face, and threatened to shoot him dead during the incident in Peel Street, Barnsley in January 2013.

Sgt Foster used his incapacitant spray to restrain the offender until backup arrived.

The firearm later turned out to be fake.

He was presented with the north east region Police Bravery Award at a ceremony in London on Thursday night, attended by Home Secretary Theresa May, police minister Mike Penning and Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, among other dignitaries.

He was presented with the award by Yvette Cooper, shadow home secretary.

Sgt Foster said: “People are doing this day in and day out. To be singled out makes me feel a bit uncomfortable. So I would like to accept this award for the benefit of all of them.”

Steve White, chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “I am constantly humbled and amazed by the selfless acts of bravery carried out by police officers on a day to day basis.

“For every act of courage and bravery recognised in the Police Bravery Awards there are hundreds more that occur in our communities every day that go unrecognised. 
“Each nominee is a credit to the police service and to the community they serve.”

Earlier in the day, Sgt Foster joined 65 of his colleagues from 31 forces around the country for a reception at 10 Downing Street with Prime Minister David Cameron as a mark of recognition for their heroic acts.