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Officer praised after saving children from burning building in Uxbridge

A police officer who helped rescue a family from a smoke-filled building has been recognised for his bravery.


Acting Police Sergeant Tony Ruth climbed up to the window of a flat in Station Road Uxbridge to rescue three children and two adults who were trapped in the burning building.

Photo by Metropolitan Police


He was recognised for his actions on February 7 when he was named ‘officer of the month’ for the West Area Command Unit which is made up of the boroughs of Hillingdon, Hounslow and Ealing.


Officers were on a routine patrol on December 27 last year when they noticed smoke coming from the underground storage area of a block of flats in Station Road.


Officers heard a woman calling for help from one of the upper flats, who shouted that she was trapped due to the smoke and that she had three children and another adult with her.


They guided one of the adults down to safety and Acting Police Sergeant Tony Ruth, part of the emergency response team based at Hillingdon, climbed into the building to rescue the rest of the family.

A/PS Ruth said: “It’s great to be recognised in this way but it’s important that this incident and everything we do in this role is a team effort.


“You really never know what each call will bring working on a response team. Incidents like this show that what we do is about so much more than making arrests."


PC Dave Collinswood and PC Ryan James were also recognised for the part they played in the response to the fire.


Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson, policing commander for the West Area Command Unit, said: “It goes without saying that the quick-thinking and courageous actions of A/PS Ruth, PC Collinswood and PC James, with the assistance of members of the public, potentially saved the lives of this young family.


“They have demonstrated the best qualities that we expect in our officers, putting themselves in harm's way to protect the public. I, and all their colleagues on the West Area Command Unit, are immensely proud of them.”

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