Dover PC receives top bravery award

Contributed by editor on Jun 16, 2005 - 07:57 PM


Kent Police Chief Constable, Mike Fuller, has honoured police officers and members of the public for their bravery and outstanding work including Dover PC Paul Howe.

The Chief Constable's Commendation for Bravery was awarded to PC Paul Howe who in July 2004, prevented a man from setting fire to himself.

The citation reads:-

One evening in July 2004, a man left home with the intention of killing himself, he left behind his distraught child who called the police.

Using local knowledge and instinct PC Paul Howe soon found the man in a secluded place o­n Western Heights in Dover. He had poured petrol over himself and his car and, with matches to hand, was threatening to set light to himself.

PC Howe began to talk to him but, as soon as he understood that the man was about to set light to himself, PC Howe ran forward and restrained him.

In the struggle that followed PC Howe was injured as the man resisted, he also ended up soaked in petrol, which could have been set alight at any moment, but he continued to restrain the man until colleagues arrived to help him. Afterwards, even though he was shaken and injured, PC Howe, showed compassion and chose not to prosecute for assault.