Police officers commended for saving man’s life

PC Gary Churchill and PCSO Claire Davis from Princes Risborough being presented with chief constable's commendations by Francis Habgood from Thames Valley Police
PC Gary Churchill and PCSO Claire Davis from Princes Risborough being presented with chief constable's commendations by Francis Habgood from Thames Valley Police

Two police officers who saved the life of a man who suffered a heart attack have received an award from their chief constable at a ceremony.

PC Gary Churchill and PCSO Claire Davis, both from Princes Risborough police station, were on foot patrol in the town in November 2013 when they were approached by a member of the public, saying a man had collapsed in the town centre.

PCSO Claire Davis from Princes Risborough is presented with a Chief Constable's Commendation by Francis Habgood of Thames Valley Police

PCSO Claire Davis from Princes Risborough is presented with a Chief Constable's Commendation by Francis Habgood of Thames Valley Police

They ran over to the scene and discovered a man lying on the ground, surrounded by people, near The Whiteleaf Cross pub.

The man’s skin had gone grey, his lips were blue and he was not breathing.

PC Churchill said: “It was quite horrendous to be honest.

“He literally let out a last rasp of breath in front of us.

“It was a case of we have got someone dying in front of us here.

“But I remember thinking I should be panicking, I should be scared.

“But you just go into this mode.

“You go, hang on, I’ve had training on what to do here – and then you just get on with it.”

PC Churchill and PCSO Davis assessed the man, checked his airways and then, along with a first responder, began CPR as they waited for the ambulance.

The paramedics, who arrived a few minutes later, used a defibrillator on the man and got him into the back of the ambulance, where they discovered his breathing had restarted.

PC Churchill and PCSO Davis then located the man’s next of kin and accompanied them to hospital, where they provided support.

The man has since made a full recovery and yesterday (Wednesday) he, along with his son and daughter, attended the awards ceremony in Witney where Deputy Chief Constable Francis Habgood presented awards to police officers and staff for their actions in the face of danger or extreme situations.

PC Churchill added: “I have been in the job nearly 17 years and never had a recognition like this before – and I probably won’t have it again.

“I am going to savour this moment as much as I can, and I am just immensely proud that I did something to help this man.”

Other awards handed out including a chief constable’s highr commendation for PC James Bremner of Bicester police station for resuscitating a six-year-old boy who had been found unconscious at the bottom of a swimming pool on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.

PC Bremner was on the top deck of the ship watching Need for Speed on a cinema screen during the holiday with his family and his actions helped to save the life of the boy, who went on to make a full recovery.

Aylesbury local policing area commander Supt Oliver Wright was also given a long service awards for 20 years of service to Thames Valley Police during the ceremony.