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Nominated for Bravery award

Patrick Dunbar is a Police Community Support Officer who is based in Swansea.

On 1 September 2017, whilst off duty and en route home from a family shopping trip with his wife, Joanne (a nurse with over 20 years experience) and their 3 daughters, Patrick drove past a house with smoke billowing from the windows in the Townhill area of Swansea. Patrick dropped his 3 daughters off at home before returning on foot to the possible house fire with Joanne.

Upon arriving at the property, it became clear to Pat that the house was ablaze and it was unknown if there was anybody still in the property. Hearing screams coming from within, without hesitation, Pat entered the house despite the thick smoke and intense heat where he located 2 women inside the kitchen. One of them had sustained severe burns to her legs and was unable to walk. Patrick picked her up and carried her out of the house to safety where Joanne immediately began to provide first aid.

Patrick then returned into the property to ensure no one else had been left inside, only coming back out once the fire service themselves entered the property. Pat then assisted Joanne in providing first aid to the casualty until Paramedics arrived on scene where she was then taken to hospital. Without Patrick’s intervention, bravery and selflessness the outcome could have been far more tragic, he placed himself in direct danger in order to save the lives of others without a second thought for his own safety, ultimately saving 2 lives.