TWO Kellyville men have been commended for helping save the driver of a burning car in 2008.
Paul Harper, 25, and Tyler Pons, 23, were awarded a certificate of merit by the NSW Police Force on Thursday at the Zone Awards Ceremony in Castle Hill.
Their awards were among 39 given at the ceremony, which honoured officers for years of diligent service and bravery, as well as acknowledging services provided by community members.
The ceremony was combined with Retired Police Day celebrations to provide an opportunity for retired officers to meet with current ones.
Mr Harper and Mr Pons, aged 20 and 17 at the time of the accident, were on their way to a night out at the Mean Fiddler in August 2008 when they saw a fire on Hezlett Road, Kellyville.
"When we stopped we realised the fire was a car that was wrapped around a telegraph pole and someone was inside," Mr Harper said.
Mr Pons said they tried unsuccessfully to get the driver out of the car.
"Someone called the police and we were trying to put the fire out," he said.
"We kept going back and forth throwing buckets of water on the car.
"When the fire brigade got there, they handed us fire extinguishers and we helped them."
Both men were grateful for the award and said putting themselves in danger to help save the victim was "the right thing to do".
"If it was me in the same situation I'd like to think someone would do the same," Mr Harper said.
During last week's Zone Awards Castle Hill traffic supervisor senior constable Michael McInnes received a national medal for 15 years of service.
Tracey Aquilina was honoured with three awards: a medallion for diligent and ethical service to Castle Hill Police, a bronze eagle lapel pin given to unsworn members of the police force for 15 years of service, and a certificate of appreciation.
Twenty-one volunteers received certificates for either 1500 hours, 5000 hours, two years or five years of service to police.
NSW Police Force assistant commissioner Denis Clifford thanked the community members who assisted police and the volunteers.
"When the idea of having volunteers first came about there was a lot of scepticism," he said.
"But they really become part of police, so thank you very much for all that you do."
Castle Hill police acting superintendent Daryn Middlebrook thanked officers for years of diligent service and acknowledged the ongoing support given by friends and family of police officers.