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Warwickshire Police officers recognised at West Midlands Ambulance Service -'Excellence in the Community Awards' ceremony

On Thursday 28 March the West Midlands Ambulance Service 'Excellence in the Community Awards' ceremony took place at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill.

On Thursday 28 March the West Midlands Ambulance Service 'Excellence in the Community Awards' ceremony took place at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill. The awards are to honour people from across the region who have gone beyond the call of duty to help save lives and support the work of West Midlands Ambulance Service.

When a car collided with a bridge in Leamington last year, PTS Driver Lindsay Eccles came across the incident and discovered the driver, a man in his 50s, to be in cardiac arrest. As a solo resource, she called for assistance which arrived in the form of PC Nathan East and PC Laura Thomason. Between them they started full mouth to mouth resuscitation whilst waiting for the ambulance crew to arrive. On their arrival, a defibrillator shock was given, which together with further CPR helped to achieve a Return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC). 

The patient was then airlifted to UHCW having been given the best chance of survival thanks to the early intervention of Lindsay, PC East and PC Thomason.

Also, following a serious assault in May last year a 21-year-old man was left in cardiac arrest. Upon arrival of a rapid response paramedic at the scene, he discovered PC Gemma Need and PC Christopher Pitt already performing textbook CPR. Whilst the two officers continued it allowed the paramedic to carry out other important tasks, such as setting up the defibrillator, obtaining an airway and administering drugs. Following a total of six defibrillator shocks and 45 minutes of CPR, a Return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) was gained on arrival at hospital and the young man went on to make excellent progress.

Simply, the actions of PC Need and PC Pitt saved a young man's life that night. 

Chief Superintendent Ben Smith "It was a real honour and privilege to be present at the awards ceremony to see Nathan and Laura (in absence) and Chris and Gemma receive their award. As the Local Policing Area Commander for Warwickshire I was hugely proud of the officers' actions. Our Force vision is to protect people from harm, and there is no better example of where our officers have responded quickly and effectively to achieve this."

*Notes to Editors - pictured in image WMAS1 left to right is Chief Superintendent Ben Smith, PC Nathan East, PTS Driver Lindsay Eccles and Chief Executive Officer Anthony Marsh. Pictured in image WMAS2 left to right is Chief Superintendent Ben Smith, PC Christopher Pitt, PC Gemma Need and Chief Executive Officer Anthony Marsh.

 

Issued by Alex Gale, Communications Officer, on 11 April 2019

Published 11/04/19