Hero of­fi­cer re­united with Manch­ester vic­tim

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

An emo­tional re­union. A PO­LICE OF­FI­CER has been re­united with an eightyear-old girl who she drove to hos­pi­tal in the wake of the Manch­ester Arena bomb­ing.

Lily Har­ri­son suf­fered a shrap­nel wound and a bruised lung af­ter be­ing thrown to the floor by the sui­cide bomb blast at the end of the Ari­ane Grande con­cert on May 22 which killed 22 peo­ple and in­jured dozens more.

He r par­ents, Adam Har­ri­son and Lau­ren Thorpe, from Stock­port, were also in­jured.

Ms Thorpe says at one stage she thought her daugh­ter was dead as she ap­peared to stop breath­ing.

As ter­ri­fied con­cert-go­ers tried to es­cape the venue, PC Ca th Da­ley and a col­league ran to­wards the scene and spot­ted Lily’s par­ents crouched around their un­con­scious daugh­ter.

PC Da­ley de­cided they could not wait for an am­bu­lance so she drove the fam­ily to hos­pi­tal in her po­lice van.

The of­fi­cer then raced back to the scene to tend to more of the in­jured.

As part of

ITV doc­u­men­tary Manch­ester: 100 Days Af­ter the At­tack, PC Da­ley was re­united with Lily and her mother.

Ms Thorpe told the of­fi­cer: “We’re just re­ally grate­ful be­cause, with­out you, it could have been a com­pletely dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tion. I know you just say you were just do­ing your job but we just don’t know how to say thank you enough.”

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