Bedfordshire Chief Fire Officer and Bedfordshire Police Chief Constable commend Police Constable Aaron Roberts for off-duty Luton house fire rescue

PC Roberts was off duty in his home in Marsh Farm, Luton, when he saw flames in a nearby back garden. He witnessed the fire quickly spread from the fences to the conservatory and made the quick decision to act. 

He called 999 to alert Bedfordshire Fire Service crews and then entered the property to successfully extract the residents and their pets before the Fire Service arrived. This fire was so serious that Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service described it as a ‘very significant fire with smoke that was thick’.

PC Roberts said: ‘Having never attended a fire incident in the 3 years that I have worked in the police force, I found it shocking that the fire could spread so quickly. 

I was very lucky to be able to be there and to help to get the residents out so quickly without them or me getting hurt. I’m very grateful to the Chief Fire Officer and Chief Constable for presenting me with this award today.’

Today, Thursday 10 March, Chief Fire Officer Andy Hopkinson visited Bedfordshire Police HQ to present PC Roberts with an award for bravery alongside Chief Constable Garry Forsyth. 

Bedfordshire Fire Area Manager, Stuart Auger said that ‘without Aaron’s actions in removing the gentlemen from the property when he did the outcome would have been very different’.