THREE Coventry police officers showed ‘incredible bravery’ as they rescued an 89-year-old woman from a house fire.
Through thick black smoke the officers managed to pull the pensioner from the flames which had been caused by an electric heater.
Sergeant David Langston and PCs John Ward and Lorraine Velvett were first on the scene of the blaze in Aldermans Green Road, Wood End, at just before 2.45pm yesterday (January 20).
Despite struggling to see or breath, the trio raced to the address within four minutes of the woman pressing her alarm button in panic.
Following her cries for help, they found the on-fire electric heater lying on top of the elderly lady.
The officers managed to carry her out and into a waiting ambulance, where she was taken to hospital suffering from burns and smoke inhalation. Her condition is not life-threatening.
Modest Sgt Langston, from the Henley neighbourhood team, said: “There was quite a lot of smoke but our main concern was to get the lady out of the house and into the ambulance as quickly as possible.”
But Chief Inspector Helen Kirkman, from Coventry local policing unit, said the team showed ‘incredible bravery’.
She added: “Without a thought for their own safety they acted swiftly to get the elderly woman out of the house and save her life. We are very proud of Dave, John and Lorraine.
“This highlights the lengths officers go to protect members of our community on a daily basis.”