Three pensioners tackled a burglar to the ground and pinned him down until police arrived.
Peter Mueller, 70, was visiting his late mother-in-law's home in Heanor, Derbyshire, on June 24 when he found an intruder in the house.
Helped by relatives Adly Gorrafa, 81, and Sheila Gorrafa, 78, the trio wrestled burglar Stephen Ward to the floor and held him there while neighbours called the police.
They have since been given a Derbyshire Constabulary Award, usually presented to officers for bravery.
Mueller, who lives in Germany, said: "When I saw this person, I was full of adrenaline and so we took him down on the ground."
Ward, 37, from Heanor, is currently serving 27 months in prison for the burglary.
Chief Constable Mick Creedon said: "This award is often given to police officers who have shown great bravery but we do sometimes present them to members of the public.
"Peter, Adly and Sheila should be recognised for their courage and quick-thinking. Thanks to their actions, this burglar is now behind bars."