Kingdom was extremely proud to sponsor the Brave Officers Award at the recent Association of Ex-CID Officers of the Metropolitan Police 67th Anniversary dinner.
The event took place on Wednesday 12th October 2016 at The Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, 45 Prescot Street, London. This was the second consecutive year that Kingdom donated the trophies, which were awarded to three police officers this year for their outstanding bravery.
The Association of Ex-CID Officers of the Metropolitan Police is a unique association. It was formed in 1949 with the objective of maintaining the comradeship enjoyed whilst serving in the Criminal Investigation Department of London’s Metropolitan Police. Their members have served in one of the world’s most famous law enforcement organisations, New Scotland Yard, and have been involved in some of the most high profile criminal investigations in the world.
In fact, over the past 67 years the members have investigated every major crime in London and the UK, helping constabulary forces where requested. This has ranged from murders and terrorist attacks, including the bombings in Hyde Park, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and The Hilton, down to petty crimes. Many have lost their lives in the line of duty. They have also assisted in overseas countries, helping with major crimes and in various disaster areas, and providing undercover officers when necessary. Today the association has over 1800 members, which includes six current members of the House of Lords.
Every year the association holds a black tie dinner which is attended by over 500 retired and serving CID officers. The top table includes the association President, the Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner, along with a number of specially invited guests drawn from all sections of society. Only members and their guest can attend the event, with previous VIP guests including members of the Royal Family, former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher, actor Sir David Jason, members of the House of Lords and House of Commons, judges, senior officers from the Armed Forces, holders of the Victoria Cross and other interesting individuals from all sections of society.
This year, the Brave Officers Award was presented to three brave police officers who entered a burning building to save the lives of two young children. These officers were Detective Constable David Milton, Detective Sergeant Geraint Jones and Detective Constable Toby Passant.
On Sunday 26th July these three officers were in a police car driving along Shooters Hill Road, Blackheath, London, when they saw black smoke and large flames coming from the first floor bedroom of a semi-detached house. They quickly parked, ran to the address, hurriedly entered the house through a rear door and evacuated four Asian women who were downstairs and unaware that the house was on fire.
Due to language issues it was difficult to establish whether or not the house was totally empty. It was only when the women became hysterical and began pointing to an upstairs window that it became clear that there were others in the house.
Without hesitation DS Jones and DC Passant and a member of the public called Marc, who had come to assist, held their breaths and powered through a raging fire that had engulfed the entire first floor of the property. They crawled up the stairs as the fire had already caused significant structural damage.
Once upstairs, the thick black smoke had cloaked the rooms in darkness. Unable to see, the detectives and Marc felt their way around the black smoke until they came across a one-year-old baby and a three-year-old toddler. All three then fought their way downstairs through the intense heat and toxic fumes whilst holding the children.
DC Milton had remained downstairs to evacuate all those present and ensure that no one else was in the property and no attempt was made by the family to re-enter the burning house. Fire crews and paramedics subsequently arrived at the scene and the children and officers were treated for injuries and smoke inhalation. We are very pleased to say that all have now made a full recovery.
Kingdom was therefore honoured to sponsor the trophies for these three brave police officers. The awards were presented to them by the President of the Association, Tony McStravick, and proposed by Sir Ian Johnston, the former Chief Constable of British Transport Police. The event was attended by Kingdom’s John Legge, who is a former President of the Association.
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Photo 1 (l-r): Sir Ian Johnston, DS Geraint Jones, Kingdom’s John Legge, DC Toby Passant, DC David Milton
Photo 2 (l-r): DC Toby Passant, DC David Milton, DS Geraint Jones, Ruth Langsford (from ITV’s Loose Women), Lynn Owens CBE QPM MA (Head of the UK National Crime Agency), Tony McStravick (President of the Association), His Honour Judge Charles Gratwicke, Jan Leeming, Darryl Nieta (Olympic Medalist – Rio 2016), Richard Wells QPM MA (Retired Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police), Colin Reynolds (Lawyer).