Commissioner praises fire rescue police officers
Commissioner praises fire rescue police
7 July 2014
The two police officers
who rescued an elderly woman from a fire in her Mount
Maunganui home have acted in the finest traditions of the
New Zealand Police says Commissioner Mike Bush.
Constable Adrian Oldham was patrolling in Mount Maunganui
last night when he saw a house engulfed in flames. He could
see an occupant was still inside and made several attempts
to rescue her. Despite facing intense smoke and flames he
and Constable Shane McCarthy were eventually able to rescue
"We put victims at the centre of everything we
do and these two police officers have demonstrated this
through their selfless actions last night," said Mr Bush
"Every day I see the outstanding work which the men
of women of New Zealand Police undertake to keep people safe
in their communities. Last night's rescue could not be a
better demonstration of this.
"I have spoken to both
officers and conveyed my thanks to them. I wish them and the
occupant of the house a speedy recovery from their ordeal."
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