Bromley police officers awarded for bravely saving residents from burning retirement home

Acting sergeant Brian Doamekpor honoured

Sergeant Brett Smethurst is awarded

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Three Bromley police officers have been awarded for their part in rescuing "vulnerable" residents inside a burning retirement home.

Sergeants Brett Smethurst, James Constable and acting sergeant Brian Doamekpor were given commendations from borough commander Steph Roberts for their "courage, bravery and initiative" after going into a sheltered housing fire last year.

On June 23 2013 an emergency call came in alerting police to a blaze at Charles Darwin House, Bromley, which the three men answered.

Arriving on the scene they were met with distressed residents and staff, who warned there were people still inside.

A police spokesman described: "The officers quickly entered the building in an attempt to locate residents and staff.

"Inside the building, the officers battled their way through smoke filled corridors, not knowing how many residents were still unaccounted for, or where the seat of the fire lay. 

"Quick passage through the building was hampered not only by some locked internal doors, but also due to it being at night with limited lighting."

Despite the dangerous conditions, the policemen were able to find those left behind and lead the occupants to safety.

Inspector Phyllis Rooney praised their efforts, adding: "The fast action and bravery of these officers led to a safe evacuation of staff and residents and the fire being located and contained. 

"The actions of these officers has undoubtedly ensured that there no loss of life or serious injury on this occasion and their selfless approach was commended by colleagues from the London Fire Brigade".

The honours, given at the end of last month, were among 29 awarded by the borough commander, who was leading her last ceremony before stepping down to make way for the new chief Chris Hafford.

She said: "Today we have heard of deeds that do go above and beyond the call of duty".

Other accolades included volunteer cadet James Osborn for "bravery, outstanding public spirit and determination" to ensure that a serious sexual offender was identified and convicted, and a member of the public who helped police arrest a violent suspect.

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11:14pm Thu 3 Apr 14

white rabbit9 says...

It's better than battering there cars to death because the driver hasn't got a seat belt on.
It's better than battering there cars to death because the driver hasn't got a seat belt on. white rabbit9
  • Score: -15

10:21am Fri 4 Apr 14

jaded1 says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
It's better than battering there cars to death because the driver hasn't got a seat belt on.
What a sad badly written comment to make on this thread.I'm sure it's all a big conspiracy.
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: It's better than battering there cars to death because the driver hasn't got a seat belt on.[/p][/quote]What a sad badly written comment to make on this thread.I'm sure it's all a big conspiracy. jaded1
  • Score: 23

6:29pm Fri 4 Apr 14

white rabbit9 says...

jaded1 wrote:
white rabbit9 wrote:
It's better than battering there cars to death because the driver hasn't got a seat belt on.
What a sad badly written comment to make on this thread.I'm sure it's all a big conspiracy.
Try researching some, you'll find loads of inconsistencies.
[quote][p][bold]jaded1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: It's better than battering there cars to death because the driver hasn't got a seat belt on.[/p][/quote]What a sad badly written comment to make on this thread.I'm sure it's all a big conspiracy.[/p][/quote]Try researching some, you'll find loads of inconsistencies. white rabbit9
  • Score: -20

11:08pm Fri 4 Apr 14

jaded1 says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
jaded1 wrote:
white rabbit9 wrote:
It's better than battering there cars to death because the driver hasn't got a seat belt on.
What a sad badly written comment to make on this thread.I'm sure it's all a big conspiracy.
Try researching some, you'll find loads of inconsistencies.
Is it a full moon again tonight? Let's hope you never need our assistance-apart from being sectioned of course.
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jaded1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: It's better than battering there cars to death because the driver hasn't got a seat belt on.[/p][/quote]What a sad badly written comment to make on this thread.I'm sure it's all a big conspiracy.[/p][/quote]Try researching some, you'll find loads of inconsistencies.[/p][/quote]Is it a full moon again tonight? Let's hope you never need our assistance-apart from being sectioned of course. jaded1
  • Score: 10

12:32pm Sat 5 Apr 14

white rabbit9 says...

Anyone with a different view to yours needs sectioning? Are you a fascist?
Anyone with a different view to yours needs sectioning? Are you a fascist? white rabbit9
  • Score: -10

12:00pm Sun 6 Apr 14

jaded1 says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
Anyone with a different view to yours needs sectioning? Are you a fascist?
No i'm not thanks for asking. Just a bit fed up with the complete nonsense you write on every blog on this website.Fortunately for you there is free speech in this country.Just don't let me catch you in the street or I may use section 136 of the Mental Health Act.
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: Anyone with a different view to yours needs sectioning? Are you a fascist?[/p][/quote]No i'm not thanks for asking. Just a bit fed up with the complete nonsense you write on every blog on this website.Fortunately for you there is free speech in this country.Just don't let me catch you in the street or I may use section 136 of the Mental Health Act. jaded1
  • Score: 10

12:22pm Sun 6 Apr 14

white rabbit9 says...

.Fortunately for you there is free speech in this country.
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Just don't let me catch you in the street or I may use section 136 of the Mental Health Act.

Contradicting yourself there.

Many years ago people like you thought the world was flat, I bet you would of killed the person for saying it is round.
.Fortunately for you there is free speech in this country. -------- Just don't let me catch you in the street or I may use section 136 of the Mental Health Act. Contradicting yourself there. Many years ago people like you thought the world was flat, I bet you would of killed the person for saying it is round. white rabbit9
  • Score: -10

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