Award for police officers who saved mum and daughter from Gravesend fire

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 February 2018

Pcs Benjamin Watts and Andrew Simpson with, left Chief Constable Alan Pughsley, and right, High Sheriff of Kent George Jessel. Picture: Kent Police

Pcs Benjamin Watts and Andrew Simpson with, left Chief Constable Alan Pughsley, and right, High Sheriff of Kent George Jessel. Picture: Kent Police


Two officers who used a ladder to save a mother and daughter from their smoke-logged flat in Gravesend have been honoured at the annual Chief Constable’s Awards ceremony.

In August, Pcs Benjamin Watts and Andrew Simpson spotted thick black smoke coming from town centre flats.

A mother and daughter were trapped on the first floor and the smoke prevented conventional access along corridors.

Pc Watts grabbed a ladder and encouraged the pair to climb from a window onto a roof to be carried to safety.

He said: “They had to dangle over the edge and trust all of us below as the ladder was only a few steps high.”

Chief Constable Alan Pughsley said: “We heard the incredibly brave and courageous actions of our officers, staff and the public.

“This is a snapshot of the incredible work of the Kent Police family and the dedication they have to protect people from harm.”


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