A police officer who helped save residents from an arson attack has been given an official Judge’s Commendation for his bravery this week.
PC Paul Florey was patrolling in Wychbold Close, Willenhall, after reports of a house fire in October 2012 when he spotted a eight-foot-high flames at the outside door of a block of maisonettes.
The blaze had been started in a wheelie bin, which had then been jammed up against the door to stop residents escaping.
But the officer forced open a garden gate and dragged the the bin away.
Officers later arrested 20-year-old Aiden Elmore, who admitted starting both that fire and another in Southey Close, Short Heath, in which a pensioner died after being overcome by smoke.
Elmore was jailed for life at Wolverhampton Crown Court in November, when Judge John Warner praised PC Florey for his brave actions.