Brave officers honoured at St David Awards

Two brave Dyfed Powys Police officers were honoured at last night’s prestigious St David Awards – Wales’ national awards recognising everyday heroes.

PC Ian Chattun and Sergeant Katy Evans were finalists in the awards after saving a vulnerable woman from drowning on the seafront at Aberystwyth.

“We were all immensely proud of Ian and Katy,” says Gareth Jones, chair of Dyfed Powys Police Federation which nominated the two officers for the national Police Bravery Awards 2020, which were postponed due to the pandemic and were finally held in October last year.

“They put their own lives on the line to save the life of a stranger, acting in the finest traditions of policing. I am pleased that their efforts, having been recognised by the Force and the Federation, were also acknowledged at the St David Awards.”

The awards ceremony saw prizes being handed out to people and companies in nine categories including bravery, community spirit, innovation, science and technology.

Announcing the finalists, First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “Some of the people shortlisted have shown extraordinary acts of bravery and determination. Others have shown incredible community spirit despite the pressures of living through the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our finalists are astonishing people and we are very fortunate they call Wales home. I would like to congratulate all those who have been shortlisted and I want to thank everyone who took the time to nominate someone for an award – unfortunately not everyone can make the shortlist.”

Nominations for the awards were made by the public. The finalists and winners are decided by the First Minister and his Government.