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Former Devon & Cornwall Police officer to be awarded The King’s Gallantry Medal

Former Devon & Cornwall Police officer Zach Printer is to be awarded The King's Gallantry Medal for his brave actions during the Keyham shootings in Plymouth in August 2021.

Zach served as a Police Constable in Devon and Cornwall for seventeen-and-a-half years during which he worked as a response officer, firearms officer and roads policing officer. 

He retired from frontline duties in February 2022 and now works as a Police Enquiry Officer at Crownhill Police Station.

Former Royal Marine Zach, aged 64, who lives in Plymouth, was on-duty unarmed with the Force’s Roads Policing Team when he self-deployed to the incident in Keyham on 12 August 2021. 

The King's Gallantry Medal is awarded to civilians for acts of exemplary bravery.

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

He said: “I’m immensely proud.
“The nomination came as a bolt out of the blue; you don’t know who has put this forward.
“I felt absolutely elated when I received the news but in the same vein I was very conscious there are other first-responders who were there with me at the time.
“To be awarded such an honour, 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 all of the families and those affected by the events of that day well.”

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

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

He was also the recipient of a Chief Constable’s commendation and has been nominated for a national Police Bravery Award in July.

Devon & Cornwall Police Acting Chief Constable Jim Colwell said: “The courageous and selfless actions of first-responders like Zach Printer amid the most horrendous of circumstances on 12 August 2021 show the very best of policing, but also the very best of human-kind.
“We are very proud that Zach is to be awarded The King's Gallantry Medal for his actions.
“I am truly humbled to be able to consider Zach – and all those who responded to the unfolding tragedy that day - as colleagues.”

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