Nine police officers who worked to save elderly and vulnerable people during a major fire in Penrith have been praised for their actions during and after the blaze.

The Chief Constable of Cumbria Constabulary commended the following officers, who were presented with awards at a special ceremony at Roundthorn Hotel in Penrith:

  • Inspector Kim Brennand

  • Sergeant Mark Somers

  • PC Ruth Coates

  • PC Christopher Davies

  • PC Adrian Braniff

  • PC Nigel Hamblin

  • PC Nick Dumphreys

  • PC Erich Thoele

  • Sgt Tim Parkin (retired)

In November 2016 a major fire started at a residential home in Lonsdale Court, Penrith.

Among the first to respond were Police Constables Ruth Coates, Christopher Davies and Adrian Braniff.

The three officers found a flat on fire, a building full of smoke, and one person dead.

They proceeded to remove 28 elderly and vulnerable residents to safety breaking through locked doors and carrying those unable to walk.

Emergency services tackling the blaze Credit: ITV Border

Inspector Kim Brennand said:

This was an extremely distressing incident with the loss of a man’s life and many other people being uprooted from their homes.

Inspector Kim Brennand, Cumbria Police