Bravery award for hero police officer

PS Kristien Beasley, of Blackpool, being handed his award for bravery by Chief Constable Steve Finnigan.
PS Kristien Beasley, of Blackpool, being handed his award for bravery by Chief Constable Steve Finnigan.
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A Blackpool police officer who helped detain a man who doused himself in petrol and threatened to set himself on fire has been commended for his bravery.

PC Kristien Beasley, a response officer based in the resort, was presented with an award by the chief constable at a ceremony for police officers in the county.

Det Sgt Rachael Dinsdale being handed the Frances Hendrix Award for her dedication to the protection of children and vulnerable people by Chief Constable Steve Finnigan.

Det Sgt Rachael Dinsdale being handed the Frances Hendrix Award for her dedication to the protection of children and vulnerable people by Chief Constable Steve Finnigan.

He was praised for putting his life on the line to help restrain the suicidal man, on October 17 last year.

The man, who was drunk, had poured petrol over himself and was waving a lit cigarette lighter around.

Also honoured during the ceremony, at Lancashire Police’s Hutton headquarters, was Det Sgt Rachael Dinsdale, from Blackpool’s Child Abuse Investigation Unit.

She was handed the Frances Hendrix Award, which is given to prominent women in policing, for her dedication to the protection of children and vulnerable people.

The force said Det Sgt Dinsdale, who has 21 years’ service, remains dedicated to the protection of children, showing consistent empathy to all victims of crime, regardless of their background or situation.

Chief constable Steve Finnigan, who presented the awards, said: “This award ceremony celebrated the courage and outstanding contributions our staff make to keeping the communities of Lancashire safe and to making them feel safe.

“The awards presented on the evening demonstrates the commitment, dedication and enthusiasm of our staff, and show the public the types of dangerous, challenging and complex incidents that our staff deal with on a daily basis.

“It was a privilege to present the awards to officers, staff, volunteers and partners, whose work never ceases to amaze me and of whom we are immensely proud.”

Two Blackpool officers also narrowly missed out on the George Herbert Redman Award, which goes to those who have gone “above and beyond the call of duty”.

Sgt Rik Irving and Det Con Julie Vigo-Saunders were both named runners-up.

Sgt Irving is a volunteer cadet coordinator, giving vulnerable young people the chance work in their communities.

Det Con Vigo-Saunders was one of the family liaison officers who worked on the case of murdered schoolgirl Sasha Marsden.

The force said she worked in her spare time to help support the family of Sasha, who was killed on January 31, 2013, aged just 16.

In July last year, hotel worker David Minto, 23, was sentenced to 35 years behind bars for her murder.

Both Sgt Irving and Det Con Vigo-Saunders were given £150 each to donate to a charity of their choosing.