A man 'intent on harming himself' doused his body in petrol in Ellesmere Port on Saturday evening (October 29).
The dramatic scenes unfolded shortly after 5pm, when the 46-year-old man left an address on Moorland Road and headed to a path near Rivacre Valley, where he threatened to hurt himself.
But brave and quick-thinking police officers put themselves in danger and thankfully succeeded in preventing him from setting himself on fire.
Now they have won praise for their courage on social media.
Barry Morgan commented on Ellesmere Port Local Policing Unit's post: "Amazing people...hats off and thanks to you all. Keep going guys."
Garner Flossy wrote: "So grateful for the people who look after our community. Amazing work."
While others expressed concern for the man involved.
"Well done for a great job, hope this guy gets the help he needs," said Lisa Beggs.
'Split second decisions'
Chief Inspector Sarah Pengelly said: “The man was distressed and could have caused serious injury to himself.
"He told officers to stay away, but they acted quickly to prevent him from causing harm despite the fact they could have come to harm themselves.
"This is an example of the spilt second decisions officers have to make during their tour of duty to protect the public and those in distress.”