Two Cleveland Police officers have been nominated for a Police Bravery Award after saving the life of a woman who almost drowned.
PC Stewart Shepherd, 44 and PC Haris Imaan, 32 were nominated following an incident which they attended on Wednesday 19th November 2014 when they were called to reports of a distressed woman in the sea at Redcar seafront.
The woman had very quickly got out of her depth and was around 15 metres from shore, moments away from going under. The officers had little time to decide what action to take.
The quick-thinking officers saw that the woman’s friends were also trying to go into the water to help her, putting themselves and others at further risk. They controlled the crowd and kept the woman in sight whilst awaiting the lifeboat and coastguard.
The woman was now too far out to throw a rope or wade out, so the officers took a lifebuoy and began their rescue. PC Shepherd removed his body armour and began to move out into the sea, while PC Imaan held the rescue rope and maintained a safety line to shore.
PC Shepherd swam towards the woman, who had moved further away. PC Shepherd swam further with PC Imaan moving waist deep into the water to provide the vital extra rope that would bring his colleague and the woman back in.
The officers finally reached the woman and brought her back to dry land and safety.
Deputy Secretary for Cleveland Police Federation, Richie Murray said: “The brave officers believed their duty to the public and the immediate risk to the woman outweighed any personal danger to themselves. They took into consideration the fast-moving sea and the time it would take for a person to drown, aswell as their own training and skill. Their decision undoubtedly saved the woman’s life.”
Also speaking on the incident, Deputy Chief Constable, Ian Spittal said: “Both officers demonstrated all that is special about the role of constable and the true commitment all our officers give to protecting the community from harm. It is clear to me that without their immediate actions the outcome could have been tragic.”
The Police Bravery Awards is hosted in partnership with Police Mutual and is an annual event which honours police officers across England and Wales.
This year marks the 20th Police Bravery Awards and will take place at The Dorchester Hotel in London on Tuesday 27th October 2015.
Speaking of the event, CEO of Police Mutual, Stephen Mann said: “Police Mutual is extremely proud to sponsor the Police Bravery Awards, recognising the courage of police officers who face extremely challenging situations every day to keep the public safe. Our ongoing, long-term commitment to support these awards reflects the incredible respect we have for the work of the police service.”
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.”
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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.
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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.”
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