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UPDATED: PC Dibell named bravest in Britain
9:20am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
UPDATED: POLICE constable Ian Dibell has been named the bravest in Britain.
PC Dibell made the ultimate sacrifice after tackling a crazed gunman intent on killing others.
Earlier tonight he was voted the most courageous officer in the land posthumously winning the National Police Bravery Award.
Before the ceremony brothers Paul and Neil, who also work for Essex Police, visited Downing Street to meet Prime Minister David Cameron.
Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston said: "“It is entirely fitting and proper that Pc Ian Dibell should receive this national Police Bravery Award.
"There is always sadness when an award is made posthumously.
"But there is also great pride that, even though he was off duty, Ian acted with courage and selflessness, in the very best tradition of British policing.
“Ian died protecting the community he served as an Essex Police officer, attempting to calm a dangerous situation in a quiet residential part of Clacton.
“The family, friends and colleagues of Police Constable Ian Dibell, and the people of Essex, will forever remember this brave man and the sacrifice he made.”
Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh said: "I feel great pride that Police Constable Ian Dibell has been so rightly recognised posthumously for his immense courage and sacrifice.
"It is hard to comprehend the sheer valour shown by Ian, who selflessly and knowingly putting his own life at risk to protect innocent members of the public.
"The instinct of most people in that situation would have been to run the other way but instead, Ian consciously ran towards danger to help and protect others.
"Tragically he paid the ultimate sacrifice in so doing, but I know that Ian’s actions will never be forgotten by Essex Police or the people of this county.
"We all owe Ian Dibell a huge debt of gratitude and my thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues who still so keenly feel his loss.”
See the full story in today's Gazette.
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