WREXHAM Police officers have been honoured for courage while on duty.
At a presentation this week, they received commendations for their actions in potentially dangerous situations.
PC Dave Jones and PC Lee Parker were commended for their bravery, courage and dedication to duty in tackling a man armed with a 12-inch knife.
In March a report was received of a stabbing at an address in Wrexham.
Constables Jones and Parker had stopped the offender for another matter shortly after the incident, and had let him go.
On learning the man was wanted for the stabbing, the officers looked for him and found him at an address in the area.
When PC Jones knocked on the back door, he was confronted by the man brandishing a 12-inch kitchen knife.
PC Jones tried to calm him down, however, he began to cut his arms and neck. PC Jones then tackled the man to prevent him from injuring himself further. PC Parker became involved in the struggle and both officers subdued him and took him into custody.
Both officers were commended for putting themselves at considerable risk to prevent serious injury to a member of the public.
PC Jones said: 'We just chatted to him, trying to calm him down, then he started cutting himself - his arms and throat.
'When that happens you have got to take action. I can't say what I felt. I just wanted to restrain him and take him back to custody.
'I wouldn't say we dwelled on it - we completed statements and went back out in the Crime Car on patrol immediately.'
Lee added: 'I think you switch off to the danger and afterwards you just get on and deal with the next job.'
PC David Bates and PC Stuart Reeves were commended for their initiative and courage.
In February PCs Stuart Reeves and David Bates went to arrest a man for assaulting his wife.
On arrival the officers received no answer, and PC Bates shouted through the letterbox for the man to surrender. There was no response, but he noted a strong smell of gas. The officers forced entry only to be confronted by a cloud of gas.
Fearing for the safety of the man, the officers headed for the kitchen and saw a carpet had been stuffed into the oven, which was switched on. The gas had been ignited, and the four hob rings were giving off gas.
The oven and rings were immediately switched off and the house ventilated.
The man was found in the bedroom and could not be roused; tablets and a half-bottle of whiskey were near him. First aid was given and the man taken to hospital.
PC Stuart Reeves said: 'We knew there was someone in the house and we acted out of instinct. Obviously there were signs of an attempt to commit suicide.
'It wasn't until a couple of hours later when me and Dave sat down and talked about how lucky we were. The house and street could have blown up.'
Speaking at the Eastern Division event, Chief Supt Phill Thomson said: 'In the citations there is a good cross section of what the police service is about and I take my hat off to these people. They are a force for the people of Flintshire and Wrexham to be proud of.'