Kieron Passaway with his partner, alongside CC Andy Marsh and PCC Sue Mountstevens
A man who intervened in a violent attack on a stranger in Bristol city centre has been honoured for his bravery.
Kieron Passaway attended the 51st annual National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) Police Public Bravery Awards, held last night (November 15) at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bloomsbury, London.
Mr Passaway won a Gold Medal at the awards which are sponsored by The Goldsmith’s Company. The awards recognise members of the public for actions which support the police in preserving law and order. This year’s awards ceremony recognised the acts of 94 people for their courage and bravery.
In July 2013, Mr Passaway was making his way through Bristol city centre when he saw a man being beaten up. The offender was standing over the victim, kicking him in the head as he lay on the ground. Mr Passaway bravely intervened, first by trying to persuade the attacker to stop, and then physically trying to stop him, which led to the attacker turning on Mr Passaway and punching him with such force to the face that he was knocked unconscious, sustaining an eye injury and several broken teeth.
Mr Passaway’s citation stated: “The offender was a strong, muscular man, committing an act of extreme violence. Kieron demonstrated courageous behaviour by tackling him in this manner, with no thought for his own safety.
“It was a brave and courageous act to challenge such a brutal attacker and his swift thinking deserves to be commended.”
Mr Passaway also received an Avon and Somerset Constabulary Waley-Cohen award for his bravery.
The offender, 19 at the time of sentencing in November 2014, received 20 months in a Young Offenders’ Institution for his violence.
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “It’s a great honour to hear about the extraordinary acts of bravery people have carried out on behalf of others, often putting themselves in danger and risking their own lives.
“Kieron showed extreme courage stepping in to help a man who was being assaulted and his selfless act serves as an inspiration to us all.”
Honorary Awards Secretary, Chief Constable Stephen Watson, said: “Each of those honoured put themselves in harm’s way to ensure the safety of others. They acted with bravery and public-spiritedness in a desperate moment and it’s an absolute honour to be able to recognise them in this way.”
Posted on Wednesday 16th November 2016