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Hero Cops who save baby honoured with award



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.”



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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.

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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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.



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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.”



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