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Chief constable welcomes PC's posthumous award

The chief constable of Cumbria Police has welcomed the posthumous award of a bravery medal to PC Bill Barker who died in the floods of 2009.

The 44-year-old lost his life when Workington's Northside Bridge collapsed.

He'd been directing traffic away from the bridge.

Chief Constable Stuart Hyde says the award does not just mark the bravery of PC Barker but also that of his widow and family.


Widow's pride at PC bravery honour

Hazel Barker says she's proud of a posthumous award for her husband Bill Credit: ITV Border

The widow of PC Bill Barker says she is "humbled and honoured" that her husband's bravery has been recognised nationally.

PC Barker has been posthumously awarded the Queen's Commendation for Bravery.

He died after Workington's Northside bridge was swept away in flood waters in 2009.

PC Bill Barker Credit: ITV Border

Home Secretary Theresa May says she has spoken to Mrs Barker.

She said: "I personally expressed my thanks for her husband's sacrifice and I hope this ward adds to the legacy he has left her and their children."

Queen's bravery medal for PC Bill Barker

PC Bill Barker's has been posthumously awarded for his bravery Credit: Cumbria Constabulary

A Cumbrian policeman who died saving the lives of the public by preventing them crossing a flood-damaged bridge has been posthumously awarded a Queen's Commendation for Bravery.

PC Bill Barker died when Workington's Northside bridge collapsed in 2009.

Workington's Northside Bridge collapsed in the 2009 floods Credit: ITV Border

The 44-year-old had prevented traffic from going onto the bridge.

Today his widow Hazel said it was a "great and humbling honour" for her husband to have been recognised with the medal.

She also said she's spoken directly to Home Secretary Theresa May about the award.

Theresa May said: I am pleased that we are today able to show our appreciation and gratitude to the family of PC Barker for his act of selfless bravery.

"He was well aware of the danger he faced that morning but carried out his duty with determination and courage."