Widow's pride at PC bravery honour

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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.

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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."

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Queen's award for brave PC

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.