PublicationsKaty's brush with history at the Police Bravery Awards
"I felt so honoured to be part of that historic day. It may not stay in the Prime Minister's memory, but I'll always have my story to tell. It was such a lovely atmosphere; for two hours officers could stand proud in their dress uniforms and feel honoured to be a part of the police service."
So said Leicestershire Police officer Katy Burnham as she attended a Downing Street reception hosted by Theresa May in her first full day as Prime Minister.
The reception was all part of the of the national Police Bravery Awards which beat officer Katy was attending after being nominated for saving a 90-year-old man suffering from dementia from a house fire. Katy, who is based at Keyham Lane, had been at home preparing to go to work in August 2014 when she heard an alarm going off and went to investigate.
She describes her meeting with the Prime Minister as a "moment in time I will treasure".
And she added: "The photo of us laughing is at questions my daughter Hannah wanted me to ask the Prime Minister. She's been following the U. S. Presidential nominations very closely. So rather than chat about pleasantries, I thought it would be more personal to ask Hannah's questions which were 'do you look up to Hilary Clinton' and 'what do you think of Donald Trump'? The laughs refer to the second question.
"Mrs May's reaction was quite interesting, she said: 'I'll keep the answers to myself!'"
Katy, accompanied on the day by partner Steve, also met new Home Secretary Amber Rudd and TV presenter Nick Knowles at the awards ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel.
She was nominated for the award by Leicestershire Police Federation and its chairman, Tiff Lynch, attended the awards ceremony along with Chief Constable Simon Cole and the Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach, marking the first time a Leicestershire PCC has been to the awards. Lord Bach said afterwards that he was 'delighted, pleased and proud to be there'.
Katy, who joined the Force in October 1999, has already been awarded a Chief Constable's commendation for bravery and received an award from The Society for the Protection of Life from Fire in March 2016.