A Doncaster policeman has been nominated for a bravery award after saving hundreds of lives in the Nepalese blizzard disaster.
Sergeant Paul Sheridan, who helped to lead a group of more than 230 people to safety during the 2014 Nepal snowstorm disaster, is set to have his courage recognised as one of the nominees at this year’s annual Police Bravery Awards.
Sgt Sheridan, who was trekking in the Himalayas, stepped in to lead the group after poorly-prepared local guides, who were lacking equipment, got lost in the snowstorm – placing the trekkers in grave danger.
A total of 29 trekkers tragically died in the disaster.
Sgt Sheridan made his way to the front of his group and showed outstanding courage and leadership to reassure the guides and get the group moving, before helping to guide the group through the snowstorm on October 16.
As the group descended, the stormy conditions eased and it was only at this point that it was realised how many people Sgt Sheridan had saved. His courage was recognised both nationally and internationally in the press as his actions saved many from what could have been certain death.
Jim Lucas, secretary of the South Yorkshire Police Federation, said: “Paul showed that day that despite the fact he was off-duty, he felt a responsibility to help others and his actions that day saved countless lives of people from all over the world. He deserves our thanks and this nomination for his courage in helping others in a crisis.”
Sgt Sheridan said: “Those at the front were crying, so I became the person at the front and I remember thinking, ‘What on earth do we do now?’ That was my lowest point because I knew I was in deep trouble. I thought I was going to die.”