PC Zac’s a hero

PC Zac Holmes receives the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society Award for helping a man from his smoke-filled flat in Fleetwood.
PC Zac Holmes receives the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society Award for helping a man from his smoke-filled flat in Fleetwood.

A HEROIC police officer has been given a top award recognising his quick actions in saving a man from a flat fire in Fleetwood.

PC Zac Holmes was on patrol in the town in July last year when he saw smoke coming from a flat in Windsor Terrace.

The 24-year-old officer went in and found the top-floor flat filled with acrid smoke.

A frying pan of burning sausages was on the stove and PC Holmes removed them from the heat source, before waking the 41-year-old-occupant, who had fallen asleep while cooking, and helping him from the premises.

PC Holmes will now be presented by the Mayor of Wyre with the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society Award, given for bravery and life-saving.

PC Holmes told how he saw the smoke and said: “I called for the fire service and went into the building to check if anyone was inside. I opened the unlocked flat door and saw that the flat was full of smoke and a man slumped in a chair in front of the cooker.

“I moved the pan off the heat, then shouted at the man and pulled him up off his seat, then pulled him from the flat, followed by his dog. Once he was outside, I quickly got all the other residents out of the other flats. I didn’t think too much about my actions – I just knew there were lives at risk.”

Chief Superintendent Richard Bayly, commander of northern division, said: “PC Holmes was heroic in his actions, which no doubt saved this man’s life. This award is a fitting tribute to his bravery.”