Two quick-thinking officers who helped to save a baby’s life in a busy shopping centre were among those awarded with a commendation at a special ceremony held by Cleveland Police.
Acting Sergeant Gareth Chalmers and PC Ian Clyburn, played vital roles in saving the life of an 18-month-old boy who was choking in the Hill Street Centre in Middlesbrough.
The officers were making their way through the centre when suddenly a distressed mother thrust her child into the arms of Acting Sergeant Chalmers.
He immediately administered first aid to stop the boy from choking, and PC Clyburn cleared an area in the crowded shop and comforted the mother.
The ceremony saw the officers receive a certificate presented by Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer.
Following the receipt of his commendation, Acting Sergeant Gareth Chalmers said: “PC Clyburn and I are extremely happy to have received these commendations.
We just did what we would have done on any other day and at any other time. Our training keeps us well prepared for incidents like this. We were both just really glad that the little boy was ok.”
Also commended at Ladgate Lane on Thursday 3rd December were colleagues from partner agencies such as Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team, British Red Cross, Cleveland Fire Brigade and Cleveland Police officers and staff who have excelled in their line of duty.
Another commendation was awarded for ‘Exercise Aurora’ which was a large scale partnership exercise involving as many response agencies as possible.
A disaster scenario was staged for groups of young people to complete a number of challenges which upon completion would help them gain their Community Safety Awards.
The exercise took place on Saturday 21st March at the Tactical Training Centre in Urlay Nook. The day involved five groups of highly engaged and enthusiastic young responders rotating around work stations in a carousel style fashion, all connected to a fictional flooding scenario.
The event was strongly supported by partners in Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team, Radio Amateurs Emergency Network, St Johns Ambulance, Cleveland Fire Brigade, Carillion, Cleveland Emergency Planning Unit and members of Cleveland Police.
Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer, who presented the awards, said: “It’s great to celebrate the hard work and professionalism that Cleveland’s officers and staff are involved in on a daily basis.
“The awards ceremony is a perfect way to highlight the outstanding work of Cleveland Police officers, staff and our partners.”
Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, said: “I am confident that the communities of Cleveland will feel proud at the dedicated and heroic actions that they have carried out to keep people safe.”
“I am proud to recognise their work, as they have delivered a first class service to the people of Cleveland. It is important that they know that their true dedication and commitment is fully appreciated.”