TRUDE Mian, who stood up to the gang of armed robbers during the late night raid, praised officers who helped secure the group's conviction.
Trude Mian, 65, spoke of her admiration for the police after Lee Prouse, Jamie Latta and accomplice Jordane Morris were sentenced for their role in the raid on Knowle Garage.
Despite being highly commended by Judge Graham Cottle during the sentencing hearing, Mrs Mian said she considered the officers investigating the case to be the true heroes.
She said: "When I realised what was happening I didn't say to myself that I'm going to be really brave now. I just followed my instinct.
"You don't know what you are going to do. You don't predict these things or you would worry about it all the time.
"I really think the true heroes are the police who found them. When I heard about the defence even I had my doubts. They really did a fantastic job."
Mrs Mian also commended the police for the support they provided following the incident, which saw her return to work soon after the raid.
She said: "Even though these people didn't hurt me physically they didn't know how I would react mentally. If it happened to someone else they may have been affected by it in a much more severe way.
"Thankfully I'm a positive type of person and I had lots of support and I was kept informed every step of the way.
"I just hope that they get some sort of help so that when they come out they don't do anything like this again."
With her £500 award, Mrs Mian now hopes to be able to visit her youngest daughter in Beijing.