A police officer from Chelmsford, who helped three people trapped in a burning car, has receved a commendation from the Chief Constable.
On September 11, Dog Handler Pc Simon Newman was on a routine patrol in Southend when he saw a vehicle contravene a red light.
He attempted to stop the vehicle but it made off from him and he was unable to pursue it. The vehicle made off at speed before losing control and hitting a tree. It caught fire upon impact.
Simon rushed to the scene to help, he could see flames coming out of the bonnet and the car was filled with smoke. The driver fled the scene before Simon reached the car and the four passengers were trapped in the burning vehicle.
One passenger was able to free himself and Simon moved him away from the scene to safety.
He defied the risks to resecue a woman trapped inside with abroken arm, then went back to recue a man who was trapped.
He went backl again after being told another person was still inside.