Recognition for bravery

THANKS: Inspector Sean Kent receives his award from Wychavon chairman Gerry O’Donnell.

THANKS: Inspector Sean Kent receives his award from Wychavon chairman Gerry O’Donnell.

First published in News

A POLICEMAN who jumped into the freezing river Avon to save the life of an Evesham youngster has been honoured for his courage.

Inspector Sean Kent saved the life of Ryan Grady after his father had driven him and his sister Gabby into the Avon in February 2010.

Insp Kent put his own life at risk when he dived into the icy water to rescue sixyear- old Ryan. Tragically, Ryan’s sister Gabby was trapped in the car and perished. Their father, Chris Grady, was later found guilty of murder and attempted murder.

Insp Kent said: “I was grateful to be recognised. I was quite touched because we don’t necessarily expect to be recognised.”

The Police Trophy Award was presented to Insp Kent by the chairman of Wychavon District Council, Coun Gerry O’Donnell. He said: “There is nobody I can think of more deserving of this award.”

Insp Kent was previously awarded a Royal Humane Society award for his brave actions.

His colleague Sergeant Phil Stayte and firefighter Jason Mayhew were also honoured for their part in the rescue.

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