Three officers who saved the life of a man who became a human fireball have been honoured by The Society for the Preservation of Life from Fire. PCs Paul Oliver, Paul Jackson and Stephen Brant tried to beat out flames engulfing the man who had poured petrol over himself before setting it alight.
The incident took place early one morning after a woman in Ferryhill warned police her former partner was threatening to set himself on fire. She said he was carrying a fuel can and heading towards a petrol station.
The trio, all roads policing officers, joined colleagues searching for the man, and PC Oliver located his vehicle in a layby near Metal Bridge. Minutes later PC Oliver was joined by PCs Jackson and Brant, and the trio smelled petrol as they spotted the man running along a nearby dirt track.
They followed him and, as they approached, the man emptied the remaining petrol over his head and set himself alight.
The man dropped to the ground as the three officers ran towards him and tried unsuccessfully to put out the flames. PC Jackson removed his body armour and used it in an attempt to smother the flames but they could only be put out using fire extinguishers brought to the scene by other officers.
PC Jackson gave the injured man oxygen and officers called for the police helicopter to take him to hospital in Middlesbrough. Officers travelled with him in the helicopter and continued to care for him until he arrived at hospital.
Chief Inspector Alison Jackson, head of the Cleveland and Durham Special Operations Unit, who presented two of the officers with their awards, said: “These officers showed great courage and bravery by following this man into a potentially dangerous situation and putting their own safety aside in a bid to save his life. Their quick thinking and determination to preserve the man’s life in extremely difficult circumstances is not only a tremendous credit to them but also to the force.”
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.”