Two officers whose courage and quick actions on a routine patrol saved a mans life have won Cleveland Police Federation Bravery Awards.
I September last year, PC Steven Robinson and PC Beth Gardiner were on patrol in Ward Jackson Park, Hartlepool, when they saw a man slumped on the pavement.
PC Robinson said “We though maybe he’s had a good night out and a few to many drinks. But when we got a bit closer we thought there was something more sinister”
The officers realised that the man had tried to hang himself. They ran out of their van and got the man free, administered first aid and called an ambulance. When ambulance staff arrived they took control of the situation and thankfully the man survived.
PC Gradiner said “We weren’t expecting the situation so we just did what we could and cut him down. Thankfully he came back around pretty quickly, but it was really daunting and scary”
PC Robinson continued “All officers have got a certain level of training in first aid. But I’d like to think that even as a member of the public, I’d have stopped and tried to do something. It is part of our job, though – were not just there to fight crime. We are there to help people and ultimately that’s what we did that night”
Cleveland Police Federation Chair Stephen Williams-Reader said “What absolutely superb life saving work from Steven and Beth.
“It takes a huge level of bravery to go towards incidents like this and step forward to try and save someones life”
“I applaud these officers quick actions in identifying the man was in trouble and providing first aid until the ambulance arrived. They undoubtedly saved his life. They are total heroes, we are very proud of them”.