Added: Tuesday 20 November 2012
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Two Northamptonshire police officers were recently nominated for an award at a national competition held in London on Monday 19 November.
PC Ian North and PC Nichola Murray were shortlisted for a St John Ambulance First Aid Award in the Workplace Hero category for saving a young mans life.
The Workplace Hero award recognises individuals whose actions have made the difference between life and death during the course of their working day.
In November 2011, PCs North and Murray went to the aid of an unconscious young man who was lying on the ground with facial injuries.
PC North started basic first aid while PC Murray assisted with crowd control and called for an ambulance.
Using their life saving skills, both officers continued to assist the paramedic in saving the young mans life, which at the time, was critical.
Although worthy winners, the police duo did not win on this occasion, but their presence at this prestigious event highlighted the fact that their quick thinking and lifesaving actions helped to save a life.
Nichola and Ian said: “It was a real team effort between us and, with the support from the ambulance controller and paramedic Lisa Yates, we were able to put our first aid at work training into practice. It is not everyday that you can say you saved someone's life and to think that our first aid training helped to save this young mans life is an incredible feeling.”
Chief Inspector Chris Hillery said: “Both Nichola and Ian reflect the high standards, commitment and professionalism of Northamptonshire Police.”
“During this incident they used their training and kept calm in a very difficult situation that helped to save a life. Both officers have been recognised by the force for this excellent response to a member of the community who was in need. Well done to both of them.”