A heroic officer who entered a burning house to rescue an elderly Hartlepool man has been nominated for a national award.
The actions of Constable Jonathan Ryan of Cleveland Police will be recognised at the 21st Police Bravery Awards next month.
“If it were not for the actions of PC Ryan, there is a high chance that this man would not have survived.”
The awards honour and recognise police officers who have performed outstanding acts of bravery while on or off duty.
On Christmas Day 2014, PC Ryan was alerted to a house fire in the Greatham area of the town.
The only information he was given was that the elderly man who lived there may have tripped or fallen.
Arriving before the fire service, the officer confirmed, through a neighbour, that the man was locked inside the house.
He managed to force entry into the home and, despite it being filled with smoke, went in where he found the man and brought him out to safety.
The man and PC Ryan were given oxygen at the scene and treated for smoke inhalation.
Andrea Breeze, chairman of the Cleveland Police Federation, said: “If it were not for the actions of PC Ryan, there is a high chance that this man would not have survived.
“This officer put the safety of another person ahead of his own, and that bravery and professionalism should be recognised.”
Stephen Mann, CEO of Police Mutual, which is sponsoring the event, said: “This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Police Bravery Awards and the eighth consecutive year that Police Mutual has sponsored them. “We are proud to continue our support for such an inspirational event in the Policing calendar and to be able to show our respect for the exceptional courage shown by Police Officers who risk their lives every day to protect the public.”
PC Ryan also received a Chief Constables Commendation for Bravery.
The awards event takes place on July 14.