Recognising everyday bravery

Today I have only one thing that I feel it is appropriate to write about. This is a day to spare a thought for all those people working in emergency services who put themselves into dangerous situations. They do it to keep us all safe and there are acts of bravery happening every day in our communities.

Tonight is the Police Bravery Awards and there will be many stories of sacrifice, risk and heroism that will be heard at the ceremony in London. In my time working with the police I am continually in awe of officers and staff who do some of the most amazing work. They do it to help us when we are at the worst moments in our lives when we are affected by crime or antisocial behaviour.

The officers that are at the Awards in London will have put themselves at risk in order to protect others and keep people safe. But we should recognise not just these significant acts of heroism, we should note the great work that takes place on a daily basis. The times like when I spotted thieves stealing a neighbours car in the middle of the night and I was alone, the call handler put me as much at ease as they could inthe circumstances. Or when officers had to break the news that my Uncle had died suddenly to be Auntie and they looked after her helping at what was a really traumatic time. And the time when my elderly grandmother had an intruder trying her bedroom door on the night before my grandfather’s funeral.

At all these times the police officers were a huge source of help and comfort, and they were acts that were really appreciated. It may not have involved saving anyone but the care and time taken made a real difference.

So as well as recognising the acts of bravery we should spare a thought for the police officers and staff who are working tonight and will be trying to help people facing traumatic circumstances. I never cease to be amazed by what our emergency services do and the fact that they just refer to it as ‘just doing my job’.

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