A POLICE officer has been recognised for his heroic actions after he saved the lives of two people.
PC Jonathon Scorah has been presented with two awards this week. One was for rescuing a man from a burning building and the other was for saving the life of a man who tried to commit suicide.
PC Scorah (43), who is a response officer in Clitheroe, was presented with the Chief Fire Officer’s Commendation at Clitheroe Fire Station on Monday evening.
Back in March this year, PC Scorah rescued a man after a television set on fire in the top floor flat of the three-storey Old Station Court, Station Road, Clitheroe. The flat was occupied by three men, who were evacuated along with everyone else in the building.
However, one of the men ran back across the road and into the building that was on fire. He then made his way up the staircase to the top floor of the building, quickly followed by PC Scorah who managed to stop him close to the entrance of the flat in which the fire had started.
PC Scorah then had to physically struggle with the man to take him back down to the ground floor, where he was then assisted by other police colleagues in removing the man from the property.
Clitheroe Fire Station watch manager Dave McGrath, who was the officer in charge of the incident, said: “Conditions were very hazardous due to the smoke and darkness. The smoke within the staircase lobby extended all the way from ground level up to the affected flat. Even with all the safe systems of work in place for firefighters, conditions were still extremely challenging.”
He added: “In my opinion, PC Scorah went beyond the bounds of the call of duty, entering a heavily smoke-logged and developing fire. If he had not reacted the way he did, the outcome would have been very different, possibly with loss of life.”
“Given the uncertain and unpredictable circumstances on arrival, PC Jon Scorah not only acted with true selflessness and professionalism, but also with courage and bravery and without his intervention a serious loss of life could have occurred.
“For this reason I consider his actions worthy of the Chief Fire Officers Commendation.”
PC Scorah worked for 14 years in Pennine division in Burnley, Nelson and Colne before he became a dog handler then a response officer in Clitheroe.
He was also presented with the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society award for bravery, along with Sgt Craig Jarret, on Tuesday.
Both men were involved in releasing a man who was suspended from a kitchen ceiling in Twiston, near Pendle Hill, in October 2011.
PC Scorah then performed CPR until the man began to breathe again.