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West Yorkshire Police officer named “Bravest of the Brave” at Awards event

Sean Cannon receives award from Amber RuddA West Yorkshire Police officer who entered a burning home multiple times to save a family has been named overall winner at the Police Bravery Awards 2016.

After being named as a Region 2 (North East) winner earlier in the evening, PC Sean Cannon was also named as the overall winner for his efforts in helping save the lives of five members of the same family.

Sean received a standing ovation from the audience at the Dorchester Hotel as he received his award from new Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

He said: “It’s absolutely mind blowing to win the overall award. Everyone else here tonight deserves this, I feel like I’m in very good company. I never imagined anything like this would ever happen. It could have ended so differently but as well as winning this award I’m really thankful that the family managed to get out alive.”

Dee Collins, Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police said she was “incredibly proud of what Sean has done.”

She added: “Sean ran into a burning building not once, not twice but three times – that is absolutely incredible. He saved a family’s lives – and he is so humble about it. He has demonstrated to our communities that police officers really do care about them and do their very best for them no matter the circumstances. I am just so proud of him. Well done Sean.”

Nick Smart, Chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation, said: “There have been 69 worthy nominees at this event and Sean is the bravest of the brave – it was an incredible, outstanding and selfless act that he performed. It’s changed a family’s life – it saved them.

“It exemplifies everything that is good, right and proper about British policing and he is a West Yorkshire Cop. And we are so lucky to have him. But there is not just one Sean – there are hundreds out there in West Yorkshire day in and day out. On this occasion it was Sean’s chance to step up to the plate. And he delivered.”

The awards, held in London and sponsored by Police Mutual, honour and recognise police officers who perform outstanding acts of bravery while on or off duty.

Date posted: July 15, 2016

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