Categories: News Date: 24 January 2017 Title: Royal Recognition of Police BraveryToday it has been announced that two police officers have been awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal for their heroic actions in both Hampshire and Northern Ireland.
Sergeant Andrew Mark Wright QGM, Police Service of Northern Ireland.
In February 2012 Sergeant Wright and his colleagues were called to an incident at a house in Lurgan. When they arrived at the scene they were confronted with a pontential siege whereby they were told a man was violently out of control and was within the house along with a woman and two young children.
Prior to forcing entry Sgt Wright was attacked by the man who, armed with a knife, burst out and inflicted serious stab wounds to Sgt Wright's head. Despite his injuries Sgt Wright initially struggled with the man but he broke free and went to attack a second officer. Sgt Wright prevented the man continuing his attack when he tackled him to the ground and ultimately arrested him.
Sergeant Wright said: "I am extremely humbled and honoured to have been nominated for the Queen’s Gallantry Medal. Our job as police officers is to protect life and to keep people safe and on that night in question I was only doing my job protecting the individuals within the house.
"I will be accepting this award on behalf of all my colleagues with in the Police Service of Northern Ireland as this was a team effort."
Police Constable Nathan Lucy QGM, Hampshire Constabulary.
In April 2014 PC Lucy was on duty when he responded to reports of a vulnerable woman who had gone into the water at Cowes, Isle of Wight. Arriving he saw that she was being swept away by the current and realising her life was in immediate danger he placed himself at great risk by moving ahead of the current on land before entering the water.
Having entered the water PC Lucy was able to swim towards the woman and eventually reach out to her, at which she kicked and pushed against him; further endangering both their lives. PC Lucy was able to take hold of the woman and using a life ring thrown from a passing yacht both he and the woman were pulled in. The woman continued to struggle with PC Lucy, he kept hold of her until they were both ashore and he immediately began to render first aid.
Chief Constable, Olivia Pinkney, said: "I would like to congratulate PC Lucy following the news that he has been awarded with the Queen’s Gallantry Medal.
"This medal is given to those who have shown exemplary bravery and there is no doubt that PC Lucy demonstrated this when he jumped into the water, so I am very pleased his actions have been honoured at this level."
Sidney Mackay, Chairman of the Police Roll of Honour Trust, said: "I would like to add my congratulations to both these officers on their award of the Queen's Gallantry Medal.
"Whilst both will never forget the incidents, and I am sure would rather neither incident occurred, I hope they are both rightly proud of their actions and indeed of their Royal recognition for that bravery."
What is the Queen's Gallantry Medal?
The medal is awarded for "exemplary acts of bravery", and is primarily a civilian medal, although military personnel can receive it too. Recipients may use the post nominal letters "QGM". Just over 1000 medals have been awarded since its inception. The Royal Ulster Constabulary GC has 120 recipients of the QGM which is almost twice as many awards of the QGM as any other service.
Sources: The London Gazette BBC News Hampshire Constabulary