Swansea graduate fulfils life-long ambition by becoming a police officer, less than 18 months after escaping from a near-fatal house fire

A student who escaped from a near-fatal blaze at his family home graduates from Swansea University today (Saturday 28 July 2018), just days after fulfilling his life-long ambition by becoming a police officer.

Criminology student Corey Morris narrowly escaped a kitchen fire that tore through his family home in Port Talbot in February 2017.

The 22-year-old spent three weeks on a life-support machine in Morriston Hospital following the blaze, and needed a tracheostomy to support his breathing after he suffered severe smoke inhalation. Corey suspended his studies in order to recover from his injuries, and so did not graduate with his fellow students last summer.

“I wasn’t going to allow what happened to me get in the way of getting my degree and my dream of becoming a police officer," recalls Corey.

Corey Morris

Through hard work and determination, the former St Joseph’s Comprehensive pupil resumed his studies at Swansea University in February 2018 and began his 16-week police training the following month.

Corey’s family and girlfriend, Elena, joined him as he graduated with a 2:1 in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Swansea University’s Great Hall, just five days after joining South Wales Police as a police officer.

Corey insists he was only able to get through his degree and police training with the incredible support he received from his family, friends and university staff.

“The past 18 months have been challenging to say the least, but my family, friends, and everyone at Swansea University have been so supportive. I could not have achieved my dream of completing my degree and joining the police without their support, and I’ll always be grateful to them for that”, said Corey.

Deborah Jones, Corey’s lecturer, said: “Corey has been a true inspiration to supervise and teach, and a great role model for other students because of his sense of humour, resilience and support he offered to his peers. He’s done brilliantly to secure employment with the police, and I’m sure he will achieve great things in his time as a police officer”.