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Guildford police officer honoured with Queen's Medal

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Guildford police officer honoured with Queen's Medal

Published at 4:28pm 13th February 2020.

A Guildford police officer says meeting Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace was a crazy surreal experience. 

PC Simon Fahey has received the Queen's Police Medal on Wednesday (11 February). 

He received the honour in June 2019 for his services to policing in a career spanning 22 years with the Force.

guildford police officer receives queens medal at buckingham palace

 

PC Fahey has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the Royal Humane Society medal for saving someone’s life in 2018

He also received a commendation in 2016 for detaining a man on suspicion of attempted murder following a horrific and violent assault in Guildford.

In 2009, he was recognised for his professionalism and bravery after endangering his own life to disarm a man with a knife who had set himself on fire and was trying to set fire to his parents’ home in Cranleigh. 

He was also recognised for making 2,162 arrests – matching his collar number - in December 2011 after 14 years’ of service.

PC Fahey said it was an absolute honour to attend Buckingham Palace:

"And to be recognised with the decoration of the Queen's Police Medal from Prince Charles.

"A crazy surreal experience!

“To receive this honour for doing something that I absolutely love is fantastic.

"When I heard I had been awarded the QPM, I have never been so shocked and surprised.

"I was lost for words and am still completely overwhelmed by it."

“I am so proud to have been recognised in this way.

"I love working in policing and helping our communities.”

Chief Constable Gavin Stephens said he's proud of PC Fahey:

"He exemplifies the finest traditions of British policing. He has contributed so much to keep our communities safe and does so with dedicated service and friendly good humour. 

“We are so proud of him and delighted that he has been recognised with the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service.  He is a role model to many and a real Surrey superhero.”