Shand Panesar- Indian-origin Scotland Yard officer wins bravery (वीरता) award A heroic Indian-origin Scotland Yard officer has been honoured with a top bravery award in the UK for risking his own life to save a family trapped in a burning house, winning the vote of thousands of Londoners. Shand Panesar, along with colleague Craig Nicholson, won the Total Excellence in Policing Awards at theannual ceremony last week for rescuing (बचाव) a couple from a burning building. Thousands of Londoners took part in the public vote to choose the winner of this year's Outstanding Bravery of the Year Award, which was won by Nicholson and Panesar from Hillingdon borough, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. In September 2016, PC Nicholson and PC Panesar, arrived before the London Fire Brigade to a raging house fire in Hillingdon and quickly learnt that two people were trapped (फंस गया) inside.
Although the officers had no fire safety equipment or protective clothing they acted in the best traditions of the Met and charged into the flame engulfed house without any hesitation(संकोच). "They searched blind, in thick black smoke, in a desperate bid to find and rescue those trapped inside but were beaten back by flames and had to retreat outside. "At this point both officers knew that not going back in would be fatal for those inside. PC Nicholson then took several deep breaths before re-entering the address, only using his police issue white shirt to cover his mouth and nose from the toxic smoke," the Met Police statement read. "He made his way up the stairs in the darkness and heat and rescued a man and woman from the property. Once outside he disregarded his own breathing difficulties and commenced first aid on the woman who was unresponsive(अनुत्तरदायी).
"She has since made a full recovery and medics confirmed that the woman would have died were it not for the officer's decision to risk his own life to re-enter the burning building, rescue her and commence CPR," it added.
Met Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: "These awards give us the opportunity to recognise and celebrate the courage and professionalism of our officers and police staff, in saving lives, fighting crime and tackling (से निपटने) armed and dangerous criminals.
"We all joined the Met to serve and protect Londoners and make our city safer for everyone. I am proud to lead an organisation where amazing work happens everyday.
"Today is an opportunity for me to say a final thank you to all those men and women of the Met who give so much for London every day."