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Police officers receive final Police Authority ‘Act of Bravery’ awards (7th November 2012)

Top - Srg Jim Robinson receiving his award from Dr Peter Heffer and CC Colin Port.
Middle - PC Jo Cosser
Bottom - Karen Stenner, Victoria Hayward, Ryan O’Connell, Joab Gorin and Brett Stinchcombe

Seven courageous police officers who risked their lives to save others have today received an Act of Bravery Award from Avon and Somerset Police Authority.

Police Sergeant Jim Robinson from Portishead police station, Police Constable Jo Cosser from Chard police station and Bristol officers Karen Stenner, Victoria Hayward, Ryan O’Connell, Joab Gorin and Brett Stinchcombe all received the new ‘Act of Bravery Award’ at the last ever Police Authority meeting.

Police Authority Chair Dr Peter Heffer said: “Members were humbled to hear about the incidents and it was only right that these officers should be commended for their outstanding bravery.

“Instinctively, they risked their own life to save others, their actions were remarkable and they are a true credit to this police service.”

In September, PC Jo Cosser went into a burning building, risking her life, from the intense flames and smoke to rescue a woman. On October 6th Sergeant Jim Robinson jumped into the freezing cold waters of Portishead Marina, to save the life of a teenager. The five Bristol officers dived into the river Avon to save the occupants of a car that plunged into the water in Temple Back last month; all the officers needed hospital treatment after the incident.

The bravery award was launched this year to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and is only awarded for exceptional brave acts or courageous service. The award itself is an embroidered badge with a woven diamond centre and can be worn on an officer’s formal tunic or fleece.

This is the last time the Police Authority will award acts of bravery as the governing body is being replaced by a Police and Crime Commissioner on November 15. For more information please visit www.aspola.org.uk/pcc.

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