A police officer who helped evacuate sixty school students and staff from a burning double-decker bus on the M6 has received a bravery award.
DC Simon Mellor, from CID, was given a Chief Constable’s Commendation for his bravery.
He risked his own life by going back on to the smoke-filled bus – near Junction 4 for Coleshill – during the incident last May after helping to evacuate the vehicle.
“DC Mellor showed incredible bravery by going back onto the burning bus,” said West Midlands Police in a statement.
“He put the safety of the public first – despite the risk to himself – and fully deserves this recognition.”
Paul Bingham, a passer-by driving down the M6 at the time, stopped and came to the children’s assistance. He has received a Good Citizen’s Award.