A quick-thinking police officer has been reunited with a special baby boy whose life he saved earlier this year by sprinting to hospital with him in his arms.
Baby Harrison Paine’s life hung in the balance when he stopped breathing during the night, just days after leaving hospital weighing a tiny four pounds.
His mother, Jo, was checking on her son in the early hours when she saw that he was unresponsive and not breathing in his cot.
Jo immediately called 999 and started CPR. Wandsworth response team officer PC Steve Norton arrived at her door in a matter of minutes. Steve then made a unique judgement call to run with the baby in his arms to a nearby Accident and Emergency department to ensure no valuable time was lost in getting Harrison immediate medical attention.
Steve sprinted to St George’s Hospital from the home address in Tooting.
Jo said: “My world crashed before my eyes the night I found my beautiful baby had stopped breathing. He hadn’t woken up for his feed, his skin had turned grey and his eyes were still. I immediately lay him on my bed and starting chest compressions and rescue breathing into his mouth and nose, just as I had been taught at hospital days before Harrison and I had been discharged. He responded and made a noise before he started to shallow breathe. PC Steve Norton arrived at my door and immediately handed Harrison over to him. I did this with complete trust and confidence. At that moment in time, I believed that he would do all he could to help my baby ”
PC Steve Norton said: “Seeing Harrison and Jo happy and well in the run up to Christmas has been the most worthwhile and heart-warming experiences of my career. I will never forget the moment Jo handed Harrison to me; I looked down at his face and it dawned on me that this could have easily been my baby who was a toddler at the time.
“I knew that every second was crucial to for this tiny baby who was not breathing properly. Jo was the one to initiate CPR and I have no doubt that her actions allowed me the time to get him to hospital. Sprinting with a fragile baby in heavy body armour was exhausting and stressful, but the moment I handed him to the medical professionals in the resuscitation room, I knew that I did absolutely everything I could for Harrison and Jo.”
Jo was taught baby CPR at St George’s Hospital a matter of days before Harrison was discharged. He was born weighing only 879grams and spent the first month of his life in intensive care and on a ventilator. He later developed severe reflux which caused sleep aptnea.
Jo added: “Harrison is now a bouncing 9lb baby, loving his food and cuddles. He has been through so much and he has proven to be one tough little cookie! The support and specialist care Harrison and I received from medical staff during the first three months of his life was fantastic. During this time I was given advice and lifesaving skills which become the most important thing I would ever learn. I never thought I would ever have to use these new skills. Learning CPR is so important and I hope that every mum has the confidence and belief to carry out this important lifesaving action if it is ever needed.”
Wandsworth Borough Commander, Detective Chief Superintendant Richard Smith said: “Steve’s actions are a reminder to us all, how we, as police officers, are constantly faced with challenging scenarios which require skill, determination and total professionalism. I would like to place on record my recognition of Steve’s outstanding actions. This courageous act has touched us all and Steve’s incredible humility which he has displayed throughout is testimony to his complete commitment to serving his community.”
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Meet the Hero PCSO, Paramedic and Sainsbury’s Staff who saved mum on Christmas Eve
Earlier this week we reported the ‘Arnison Angels’ saved a mum who collapsed and stopped breathing on a Christmas shopping trip with her family has met the ‘Arnison angels’ who saved her life.
Catherine Maguire, 48, was shopping with her husband and three children on Christmas Eve at Sainsbury’s Durham’s Arnison Centre when she suddenly collapsed.
The alarm was raised by staff and first aider Janet Atkinson, a Sainsbury’s employee, came to Catherine’s aid.
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She was followed by husband and wife Durham Constabulary PSCOs Debbie Sadler-Knox and Malcom Knox who happened to be patrolling in the area.
Janet and Debbie gave Catherine CPR and were joined by another Sainsbury’s employee, Lee White.
A short time later, off-duty paramedic Stephen Tate (pictured with Debbie, Catherine, her husband John and their three daughters) saw what was happening and also assisted.
As luck would have it the store had a portable defibrillator which was used on Catherine, who had suffered a heart attack.
She was then airlifted to James Cook University Hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance.
Thankfully Catherine, from Framwellgate Moor, is now recovering well from the near-death experience due to the quick actions of all involved.
She said: “I can’t thank everyone enough. From the Sainsbury’s staff to police, to the health services.
“Everyone was just fantastic and really did save my life.”
PSCO Debbie Sadler-Knox said: “When I saw what was happening, the training just kicked in and thankfully everything turned out ok.
“It is just great to see Catherine here with her family in much happier circumstances.”
Alan Horujko Hero cop saves students from brutal murder during campus attack
A hero cop has been named as Police Officer Alan Horujko. He put others first during a knife attack at an Ohio State University.
The officer immediately responded to reports that a car had ploughed into pedestrians and began attacking people with a butcher’s knife.
Fearing mass murder Officer Horujko shot dead the attacker moments after the incident begun.
The attacked has been named as a Somali-born student at the university, 18-year-old Abdul Razak Ali Artan.
He started attacking people with a knife but was shot in less than a minute by the officer who was nearby.
It is believed two people were being treated for stab wounds, four were injured by the car and two others were being treated for cuts, university officials said.
Police are treating the incident as a terror attack.
Hero Cops save girls life of girl who wanted to kill herself
Two fast-thinking police officers have helped saved the life of a girl who text her mate saying she wanted to end her life. Officers were quickly alerted and began searching for the girl.
The officers were alerted to the incident in the early hours of November 14, when Police Constables Daryl Jones and Mark Bullock, from Southend’s Local Policing Team, were patrolling Southend.
With the clock against them, the officers began searching the area and found a girl who matched the description. She had walked four miles from her home alone after sneaking out in the middle of the night and was on her way to Southend town centre to harm herself. The pair pulled over and approached the girl cautiously.
Upon seeing the officers, the girl broke down and became upset. Daryl and Mark reassured her that they were there to help her. After calmly engaging with the girl, the officers managed to negotiate with her to get in the police car so they could get her out of the cold and talk to her.
She spoke openly with Daryl and Mark about the difficulties she had been experiencing and how she had text her friend in the hope that the friend would get help for her.
She thanked the officers for finding her so quickly and the pair reassured her that they would get her the further help she needed.
Daryl waited with her whilst Mark made a difficult call to her parents to inform them of the situation and that their daughter had not come to any harm. Her dad thanked the officers for finding his daughter so quickly and ensuring her safety.
The girl was taken to a mental health suite for assessment and her parents thanked the officers again for finding their daughter so quickly and getting her the help she needed.
Daryl said: “I’ve never seen more of a genuine reaction for help from someone than when the young girl broke down when she saw myself and Mark and knew we were there to help her.”
Mark said: “We were just fortunate that we were in the right place at the right time and were able to locate her and help her, I have no doubt if we hadn’t of found her it would have been a different outcome.”