Detective Inspector Howard Groves
Detective Inspector Howard Groves Of the Metropolitan Police Service, astonished America with his outstanding courage and dedication to duty. Indeed Howard Groves, it can be justifiably said displayed far more and way beyond the call of duty! Howard and his girlfriend were on holiday in Manhattan, when Howard put on his astonishing display. While sightseeing they heard someone shouting for help, in Howard's own words: "As I got closer, I could see a shop assistant being viciously punched by two men." Howard, on holiday, decided he had to help and shouted for his girlfriend to call the police, while he ran to assist the unfortunate shop assistant. Howard continued: "I was halfway across the road, when one of them pulled a gun and fired directly at us. It was like in the movies, but felt very real. I didn't expect it because I'm not used to that kind of thing. I quickly dived for cover." Howard, though shot at was not to be thwarted, unbelievably he continued to pursue the two armed robbers and managed to flag down a NYPD patrol car. Accompanied by two New York officers, he chased the men into a subway where they had hoped to escape among the crowds of commuters. Incredibly Howard Groves in his unbelievable determination managed to arrest one of the armed robbers, and took away his 9mm pistol! The other suspect ran into a tunnel. Howard Grove's story of his incredible bravery, shocked America and countries that were further afield, and led to him being invited to appear on television. He was highly praised by both the public and fellow professionals. Detective Inspector Groves received a NYPD commendation for his bravery, a spokesman said, "No American law enforcement officer would go into action against criminals without a gun." A grateful NYPD Commissioner, Howard Safir, later presented Howard with a signed photograph of the presentation, bearing the legend 'Howard, a real hero – thanks for your help – Howard Safir'. Back in England, Howard's commander Chief Superintendent Alan Mathews said, "What he did was obviously incredibly brave. His holiday turned out rather differently than he expected! However, it's back to work as usual now, even though he is something of a celebrity around here." Detective Inspector Howard Groves continues to serve the Met, and has also been given the opportunity to assist in helping to stop crime with the use of television programmes to do so.
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