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The PC who confronted Keyham’s Gunslinger receives a new King’s Courage Award | News

PC Zach Printer is one of the first people to be included on the King’s new gallantry list

Zach Printer (left) receives a commendation from Devon and Cornwall Acting Chief Constable Jim Colwell

Author: Simon McLeanPublished 16 hours ago
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An unarmed police officer who confronted the gunman in the 2021 Plymouth shootings is one of the first people to receive a new honor from the King.

The Zach PC printer is included in the new King’s Gallantry list, which is published today.

Five people died in the Keyham shootings on 12 August 2021, along with the gunman.

PC Printer was attending to one of the people who had been shot when he saw the gunman carrying the firearm.

He ran towards him and told him to stay still, hoping he could talk him out of it – but the 21-year-old turned the gun on him.

The officer was recognized for his “selfless and courageous actions” while confronting the gunman, which prevented further harm to others.

Zach was first told in March this year that a recommendation had been made by the George Cross Committee.

He said: “I am extremely proud.

“The nomination came out of the blue; you don’t know who introduced this.

“I was absolutely delighted when I got the news, but at the same time I was very aware that there were other firsts who were with me at that moment.

“Receiving such an honor and the prospect of going to Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle to receive it from a member of the Royal Family would be the highlight of anyone’s career.

“I would like to wish the best of luck to all the families and those affected by the events of that day.”

Zach is looking forward to receiving the medal – at a venue and date to be confirmed – with his wife and three grown sons.

“The best of policing and the best of human nature”

Zach received a commendation from HM Coroner for Plymouth Torbay and South Devon for his actions on 12 August 2021.

He also received a Chief Constable’s Commendation and was nominated for a National Police Bravery Award in July.

Devon & Acting Chief Constable Jim Colwell of Cornwall Police said: “The brave and selfless actions of first responders like Zach Printer in the midst of the most horrific circumstances on August 12, 2021 show the best of policing, but also the most good in human nature.

“We are very proud that Zach will be awarded the King’s Gallantry Medal for his actions.

“I am truly humbled to count Zach — and all those who responded to the unfolding tragedy that day — as colleagues.”

Others who have received the award include:

Georgie Laurie from Sandhurst in Berkshire, who saved her twin sister from a crocodile attack in Mexico by punching the animal in the face.

PC Steven Denniss, who was stabbed in the leg while apprehending a double murder suspect while off duty in Louth, Lincolnshire, on 1 June 2021.

Lawrie Elsdon-Dew, for protecting others during fierce fighting outside the British embassy in Sudan in April 2023, and Stacey Farrington and Jake Walker, who stopped a speeding car traveling the wrong way on a motorway using a ambulance.

The King’s Commendation for Bravery goes to Stephen Ellison, who rescued a foreigner from a river in Chongqing, China in November 2020.

Chhaganlal Jagaita, who helped people out of a burning hotel in Mati, Greece, in July 2018, and Paul Martin, who intervened during a knife attack on April 14, 2021, were also recognized.

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