A police officer who roped himself to a colleague and plunged
into fast flowing water to rescue a stranded motorist is among seven people who have been
recognised for their bravery during the Easter floods.
PC Paul Fell from Rugby, tied load-bearing straps from a lorry around his waist and
secured them to colleague PC David Morgan, who was awarded a Commendation, before wading
out to rescue a Coventry man whose vehicle had been swept away, leaving him clinging to a
hedge submerged to his neck in water.
The current was so strong that a 14-year-old passenger was swept away with the stranded
vehicle and died. The driver Vincent Gallagher was later charged with causing death by
dangerous driving in the incident which happened in Eathorpe in the early hours of April
Mr Fell is awarded the Warwickshire Chief Constable's Highest Commendation along with
PC's Michael Cass and Michael Smallwood from Stratford who rescued 30 people trapped in
caravans at the Abbots Salford site.
Army officer cadets Peter Beaumont, Nicholas Lilley and Barry John who helped people to
safety from caravans in Welford on Avon were also highly commended as was Mr David Webster
who pulled two elderly woman from the sunroof of a car which was rapidly filling up with
Stratford officers John Harris, Neil Edkins, Peter Batacanin, Alison Colburn, Graham
Beard, David Hopkins, Dale Packer and Adrian Langley were all commended by Warwickshire
Chief Constable Peter Joslin.
"It is a credit that your considerable efforts were very much appreciated by
travellers, local residents and children who were reunited with their parents."
The recognised officers will be in distinguished company at the presentation ceremony,
with PC Jeffery Love incredibly receiving his second Queen's Commendation for Bravery for
his actions during a siege in Barford, near Warwick in 1997. Ten years ago he received the
award for pulling a lorry driver from his burning cab.