‘Truly remarkable’ life-saving police officers given bravery awards for heroics


More than 20 police officers including a PC who saved a baby boy from suffocating have been praised for their “truly remarkable” actions.

The heroic men and women were celebrated at an awards ceremony in west London for going “above and beyond their call of duty” to protect London’s public from harm.

The Met Police staff were joined by their friends and family at the Empress State Building in West Brompton to receive their awards, given by charity the Royal Humane Society.

Among those who received awards were PCs Dean Boon and Graham Brook who rushed to help a child who fell 50 feet and suffered serious head injuries.

Also praised were PC Ian Wilson, who saved the life of a baby boy who had stopped breathing and Royal Parks PC Matthew Hill who rescued a child from choking.

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PC Matthew Hill with proud Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey. (Met Police)

Inspector Jim Cole, from Southwark, was off-duty when he saved the life of a man suffering a heart attack on the Tube while Brent PC Emily Richardson was also off-duty when she rushed to help a man who had stopped breathing after an attack.

Others who received awards included:

PC Matthew Catchpole, based in Hammersmith & Fulham, PCs Jake Harris and Gareth O’Brien, based in Kensington & Chelsea and Sergeant Nick Clarke, based in the Central North Command Unit, who helped saved the life of a man who suffered a heart attack.

PCs Ashley Blenman, Holly Miles and Kai Shepherd, from Kingston, who saved the life of a man who tried to commit suicide.

PC Corin Evans, from Harrow, who was commuting to work when he saved the life of a woman who was seriously injured in a hit and run in Ealing.

Palace security officer Michael Murray who saved the life of a man who collapsed and stopped breathing in a park.

PC David Aldam and acting Sergeant Suky Thind, from Tower Hamlets, who rushed to the aid of a woman who had stopped breathing.

Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey, who presented the officers with the awards, said: “These people are truly remarkable and are a real credit to the Met. 

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Acting Sergeant Suky Thind, from Tower Hamlets, rushed to help a woman who had stopped breathing. (Met Police)

“It is with pride and thanks that I can commend them for their actions.

“Their knowledge, skills and determination have been tested to the limits in these challenging situations. Their heroic responses made the difference between life and death.

“They are all fantastic examples of the values we hold dear within the Met and I believe we should all be very grateful to them.”

The officers received their awards during a ceremony on Monday, June 26.

UK charity the Royal Humane Society gives out awards to people from all walks of life to recognise and celebrate life-saving acts of bravery. Since it was founded in 1774 it has given out around 200,000 awards.

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