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Pride of Britain winners honoured

A police officer who rescued 66 people from a burning bus seconds before it exploded is among the Pride of Britain winners.

PC Colin Swan, 47, was one of two unsung heroes to win an Outstanding Act of Bravery award after he stopped and evacuated a double-decker when he saw smoke coming from the back of the bus.

PC Swan was off duty and with his family at the time but carried children off the bus two or three at a time to make sure the passengers were safe. His citation said he came close to sacrificing himself by returning to the bus several times before it exploded.

James Pout, 30, was also honoured with the same award for saving the life of a drunken tourist who climbed on to the tracks in front of an oncoming London Underground Tube service. Mr Pout, a scriptwriter, jumped on to the track and dragged the man to safety seconds before the train arrived.

Pc David Rathband, the officer who was shot in the face by gunman Raoul Moat, won the Daybreak Emergency Services Award for the courageous way he has dealt with his injuries.

The father-of-two was left blind when he was shot at point-blank range by Moat but has now set up the Blue Lamp Foundation to support other emergency service workers injured in the line of duty.

In the Child of Courage category, the two winners included 12-year-old Aimee Dempsey whose quick-thinking helped save seven children from harm when a bin that was on fire exploded. Aimee, who suffered second degree burns in the blaze, ordered the children to stop, drop and roll to put out the flames and even rescued a boy trapped beneath the bin.

Kelsey Trevett, eight, was another Child of Courage in this year's awards after championing the rights of disabled young people. Kelsey lost his sight to cancer at just 16 weeks old and has now joined his local council's Children's Commissioning Forum to ensure the needs of disabled children are met.

The Daily Mirror's Pride of Britain Awards were handed out at a star-studded ceremony on Sunday night, hosted by Carol Vorderman. It will be shown on ITV1 on Wednesday.

More than 100 famous faces including Cheryl Cole, Russell Brand and Barbara Windsor will be at the gala evening at the Grosvenor House on Park Lane in central London. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will also attend the awards for the first time in honour of the 10th anniversary of the Prince's Trust Young Achiever Award.


From Belfast Telegraph