August 29th, 2008

Untold Stories

Posted in The Job - General by 200

I don’t get a newspaper at home; I don’t have to since there are usually papers lying around the Control Room or the ‘rest room’ which I can dip into if I have time. (not always possible on a late shift but usually OK on nights). I may have to read them when they are a few days old but they do serve as a source for items for my blog quite often.

One story I don’t recall reading recently was about the police awards for bravery ceremony.

Sixty four officers throughout the country attended the Dorchester Hotel in London to receive their awards.

PC Ricky Gray received a posthumous award for going to the aid of unarmed colleagues who were being held at gunpoint. He was shot & killed. His partner, PC Mat Crisp, also received an award.

Other awards went to PC Philip Quirk of Merseyside Police, who saved the life of a colleague during a knife attack; PC Mark Thompson of Humberside Police; PC Mick Booth Nottinghamshire & PC Paul Davies of Thames Valley Police.

PCs Stephen Porter, Jane Smith & PS David Thompson received awards for preventing a man plunging to his death.

PC Keith Seagrim of Gwent Police spent 2 hours in ice cold water to save the life of a drowning woman. PC Tony Fitzpatrick & DC Neil Fearn of the Met pursued an armed man despite being unarmed themselves & repeatedly being shot at.

It’s such a shame that stories like this don’t get the airing they deserve. The event was sponsored by one of the National Daily papers & that’s the only one I’ve seen it in. I can only assume that a) the others don’t want to mention one of their rivals by reporting the story & b) tales about how the police cock-up or are afraid to offend anyone seem to sell more papers.

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4 comments

  1. TheBinarySurfer says:

    Entirely right, even the tiniest of police mistakes are headlines for a week, whereas the biggest act of heroism rarely even rates a footnote in the local rag let alone a national.

    The papers are not about “news” they’re about selling, and selling is about demand. Unfortunately i think this speaks volumes about the general public disposition to the police right now.

    You can thank the last 3-4 governments for that!

    August 29th, 2008 at 13:22

  2. Ex-RUC says:

    Dog bites man is not a story; man bites dog is. Therefore police officers going the extra mile in performing their duty just isn’t a story, apart from the local press if they’re supportive of the police.

    August 29th, 2008 at 21:19

  3. Tony F says:

    Ah, but a ball kicking wanker that does what it is paid for is for some reason a hero.

    A policeman or service man killed on active service? A foot note.

    What is this country coming to?

    August 30th, 2008 at 21:53

  4. ginger says:

    What is even more insulting, IMHO, is the fact that bravery sometimes gets acknowledged and rewarded, yet a self-serving incompetent like Tarique Ghaffur gets the QPM because Ian Blair wants to add a bit more to his liberal credentials. Well, it’s coming back to bite him in the arse now. Good.

    September 5th, 2008 at 10:16

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