Officers praised for acts of skill and bravery above and beyond the call of duty in Barking and Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 15:05 08 July 2013 | UPDATED: 15:05 08 July 2013

Commeded officers and Mayor Hardial Ray Singh at the Borough Commander's Commendation Ceremony

Commeded officers and Mayor Hardial Ray Singh at the Borough Commander's Commendation Ceremony


Acts of bravery and heroism might be routine for police, but officers daily feats often pass above and beyond the call of duty and are thoroughly deserving of recognition.

The Borough Commander’s Commendation Ceremony, held on Thursday, July 4 at Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club, Victoria Road, Dagenham, highlights these acts of day-to-day courage and social conscience across the borough.

Among those commended this year were officers whose various acts include stopping a knife fight, fighting through smoke and fire to evacuate flats above a burning take-away shop and rescuing the victim of a violent kidnapping.

Barking and Dagenham borough commander Andy Ewing said: “I find myself impressed on a daily basis by the dedication of officers who place themselves between the community and dangerous situations with little thought for their own safety.

“It was an absolute pleasure to recognise those efforts officially at this ceremony.”

PCs James Kent and Ryan Findleton were included among the commendations for their “professionalism and determination” for having saved the life of a man who had collapsed in the street with a heart attack late last year.

PC Kent gave the man full CPR resuscitation while his colleague contacted the ambulance service telling them to bring a defibrillator — a piece of specialist equipment used to revive the heart through electric shock.

The man survived the ordeal thanks to the actions of both officers.

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