Two members of the York Minster Police Team and six officers from North Yorkshire Police recently received awards for bravery at a ceremony held in the Minster’s ancient Chapter House.
The Royal Humane Society National Award For Bravery was presented to Cathedral Constable Adam Rickers, Police Sergeant Robert Batchelor, Police Sergeant Sarah Davies, PC Ross Garside, Detective Inspector Carol Kirk, PC Lee Ward, and Police Sergeant David Willey (now retired). In September 2018, the officers worked together to calm, and then bring to safety, a distressed man who had climbed more than 250 feet up the scaffolding on York Minster.
An award for Commendable Performance was made to Cathedral Constable Roshan Tamang for his bravery in confronting an agitated man armed with a knife in Dean’s Park in January 2019. Roshan kept the situation calm and controlled, warning members of the public to keep clear until he was able to alert a member of North Yorkshire Police in a nearby police van. Together they approached the man, Roshan taking possession of the knife before the arrest was made.
The awards were presented by Mrs Jo Ropner, the Lord Lieutenant for North Yorkshire, Lisa Winward, Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police and the Very Revd Dr Jonathan Frost, Dean of York.
Commenting on the awards, Dean Jonathan said:
“On behalf of the Minster Community, I want to say how very proud we all are of Roshan, Adam and our colleagues in North Yorkshire Police. Today we are delighted to speak about them and their remarkable acts of courage. They are an inspiration to all of us.”