PCS HON­OURED FOR BRAV­ERY

The Wokingham Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By GEMMA DAVID­SON gdavid­son@wok­ing­ham­pa­per.co.uk

TWO po­lice of­fi­cers from Three Mile Cross have been hon­oured for their brav­ery and quick-think­ing which saved two peo­ple’s lives.

PC James Baker and PC Alex Gil­lett, who are both based at Three Mile Cross Po­lice Sta­tion, joined 20 other col­leagues from Thames Val­ley Po­lice to be recog­nised for ex­cel­lent ser­vice and courage when con­fronted with some truly daunt­ing scenes by the Joint Op­er­a­tions Unit (JOU).

The of­fi­cers and mem­bers of staff, as well as one po­lice dog, were hon­oured at a cer­e­mony at the Sul­ham­stead po­lice train­ing cen­tre on Thursday, Oc­to­ber 5.

PC Baker was recog­nised after he re­sponded to a mo­torist who had collapsed be­hind the wheel in Rushey Way, Ear­ley.

PC Baker was pa­trolling the area with a col­league on Oc­to­ber 11 last year when he came across a ve­hi­cle that was parked in­ap­pro­pri­ately. As PC Baker and his col­league ap­proached the ve­hi­cle, they no­ticed that the man sit­ting be­hind the wheel ap­peared to be asleep. The of­fi­cers at­tempted to wake the driver but he did not re­spond. They quickly de­ter­mined that he was un­well and they called up for med­i­cal as­sis­tance.

The of­fi­cers recog­nised that the driver was suf­fer­ing from some kind of seizure and they quickly placed him onto the ground and into the re­cov­ery po­si­tion. They then no­ticed the driver had stopped breath­ing and so com­menced life-sav­ing CPR be­fore am­bu­lance staff ar­rived.

While the driver was taken to hos­pi­tal, PC Baker and his col­league took the man’s ve­hi­cle safely back to his home ad­dress. They then at­tended the hos­pi­tal to meet the driver’s wife to drop off the car keys and check on his progress. The man sub­se­quently went on to make a full re­cov­ery.

PC Alex Gil­lett was com­mended after he per­formed life-sav­ing CPR on a 12-year-old boy.

On May 10, 2016, PC Gil­lett re­sponded to a call that a boy had gone into car­diac ar­rest. To­gether with paramedics, PC Gil­lett per­formed emer­gency first aid and played a cru­cial role in re­viv­ing the boy fol­low­ing sev­eral min­utes of CPR.

PC Gil­lett’s en­hanced first aid skills played a sig­nif­i­cant part in the ca­su­alty be­ing suc­cess­fully re­sus­ci­tated. He was air­lifted to hos­pi­tal where his con­di­tion was re­ported as stable.

Through­out this in­ci­dent, PC Gil­lett pro­vided con­sid­er­able as­sis­tance to paramedics in the per­for­mance of CPR and set­ting up of vi­tal med­i­cal equip­ment, act­ing quickly and de­ci­sively, and util­is­ing his en­hanced train­ing to save the boy’s life.

Chief Supt. Wil­liams said: “Be­ing able to cel­e­brate the out­stand­ing brav­ery and ded­i­ca­tion of our of­fi­cers and staff is a great hon­our.

“De­spite be­ing con­fronted with armed sus­pects or faced with har­row­ing life or death sit­u­a­tions, these of­fi­cers have not hes­i­tated to do their very best for the pro­tec­tion of oth­ers.

“Our of­fi­cers and staff within the JOU are de­ployed to some of the most chal­leng­ing and of­ten dan­ger­ous in­ci­dents due to their ex­per­tise in spe­cial­ist ar­eas and it makes me ex­tremely proud to see how they go above and be­yond to help make our com­mu­ni­ties safer.”

PC James Baker and PC Alex Gil­lett have been recog­nised for their ser­vice

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