Moment firefighters rescue men hanging from window of burning building
Dramatic footage captured the moment a heroic police officer saved two men from a deadly tower block fire.
The pair were left hanging from a ledge 16-storeys up after a fire ripped through Twinnel House in the Easton area of Bristol.
The video shows PC Justin Robbie using his baton to smash a window so the men could be hauled inside.
He was one of the first officers to arrive at the scene and while his colleagues prevented anyone else from entering the flats, he began climbing the stairs and directing residents to exit the building.
On locating the fire in a 16th floor flat he opened its fire door to check if anyone was still inside only to be knocked back by the smoke and heat.
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PC Robbie then heard shouts for help from outside and spotted the two men. He and an unnamed firefighter then broke through the window to get the men inside.
After helping the men through, PC Robbie then immediately calls for an ambulance to greet one of the men who was injured during the ordeal.
The blaze, which investigators ruled was caused by an e-bike killed dad-of-seven Abdul Jabar Oryakhel, aged 30, and left eight other people injured.
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Avon and Somerset Police has released the bodycam video after PC Robbie was nominated for a bravery award following the incident on September 25 last year.
The officer did not receive the bravery award in London on Friday night, but did meet Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at Downing Street.
PC Robbie said: “It is an honour to be recognised with this nomination but, like all officers, we don’t do it for the awards.
“I acted on my training and my automatic response kicked in. When everyone is running away from the danger, we run towards it.
“Sadly, one person had already died and all I could think about was ‘I need to get in there and make sure no-one else is hurt’.
“I didn’t think about my own safety, I just acted and luckily I was able to get to those two men and get them out safely. It is fantastic to be able to say I saved someone’s life by being there.”
Chief constable Sarah Crew said: “Police officers and staff encounter difficult and often harrowing situations on a daily basis and regularly put themselves in harm’s way in order to protect the public.
“However, running into a burning building with the knowledge someone has already tragically died in order to save others is an act of true heroism.
“PC Robbie remained calm in a highly dangerous situation and together with a firefighter worked swiftly and efficiently to rescue two men.
“While someone very sadly lost their life in the fire, had PC Robbie not shown such courage and selflessness the tragedy could have been even worse.”
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