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Video: Queen's Gallantry Medal awarded to Banbridge police officer Sergeant Mark Wright

A PSNI Sergeant based in Banbridge is to receive the Queens’s Gallantry Medal for bravery.

Sergeant Mark Wright, put his own life in danger when he was called to a house in Lurgan in February 2012, where a man, was ‘dangerously out of control.’ The man had assaulted a female in the house and then locked himself inside with two very young children.

Unknown to Sergeant Wright, the man was armed with two knives. However, realising the seriousness of the situation, and with a woman and two children inside, he attempted to force entry. He was then stabbed by the man wielding both knives and suffered serious head wounds. Despite his injuries, Sergeant Wright wrestled with the man, who also tried to stab a colleague in the throat. Trying to prevent injury to anyone else, Sergeant Wright apprehended the man and handcuffed him.

Although seriously wounded, Sergeant Wright’s actions ensured the safety of two young children, the woman and his two colleagues. The man was arrested, charged and subsequently sentenced to seven years in prison.

On hearing the news about receiving his Gallantry award, Sergeant Wright said: “I am extremely humbled and honoured to have been nominated for the Queen’s Gallantry Medal. Our job as police officers is to protect lives and to keep people safe and on that night in question I was only doing my job protecting the individuals within the house.

“I will be accepting this award on behalf of all my colleagues with in the Police Service of Northern Ireland as this was a team effort.”

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