A Shrewsbury policeman who was killed when he rushed to the aid of two unarmed colleagues taken hostage by a gunman has been given a posthumous award for his bravery.
Pc Richard Gray has been awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery along with colleague PC Matthew Crisp for their actions in tackling a gunman at an incident in Shrewsbury in 2007.
The two officers arrived at a housing estate to find two colleagues being held at gunpoint by 33-year-old Peter Medlicott.
PC Gray distracted the gunman, allowing the unarmed officer to escape, but was shot in the head by Meddlicott, who then killed himself.
PC Crisp said: “It was a big shock to find out about the award. I am very honoured and proud to receive such a prestigious award.”
PC Gray’s widow Mrs Jennifer Lee-Gray said: “Ricky’s actions on that day are typical of the man he was. I am honoured and immensely proud to accept such a distinguished award on his behalf.”
Chief Constable of West Mercia Constabulary Paul West said: “It is very fitting that the commitment and dedication to public service demonstrated by Ricky and Mat has been honoured and recognised in this very special way.
“Their bravery in putting themselves in the way of harm to protect members of the public and their colleagues was truly outstanding and completely selfless. “Regrettably, the honour bestowed on Ricky and Mat will inevitably be tinged with great sadness for Ricky’s family and his many friends and colleagues within the police service and beyond. None of us who knew Ricky will ever forget his heroism and ultimate sacrifice.”
In September, a memorial service was held at St Chad’s, Shrewsbury, in honour of PC Gray and a memorial football match at Shrewsbury Town’s football ground in May raised more than £6,000 for the Royal Star and Garter Home and the RNLI.
The awards will be presented to Mrs Lee-Gray and Con Crisp by the Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire in the near future.