High praise for life-saving efforts of police officers

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Two police officers who fought a life and death battle in to bring a man who collapsed back from the brink of death have been awarded top national life-saving honours.

PCSO Michelle Collins and PS Ian Weston have both been awarded Royal Humane Society resuscitation certificates.

In addition to the awards they are to receive they also won the personal praise of Royal Humane Society secretary, Dick Wilkinson, as he announced the awards at the society’s London headquarters.

“They were the right people in the right place at the right time and but for them this incident could have had a very different and tragic outcome,” he said.

Describing what happened he said : “The man collapsed in Tower Gardens, Skegness, on 28 July last year,

“PCSO Collins and another PCSO were the first on the scene and they were then joined by PS Weston who was off duty and who is a member of Leicestershire police. PCSO Collins began administering cardiac pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with PS Weston. Between them they kept it up for three quarters of an hour until an ambulance arrived.

“But for their efforts this man might very well have died. These officers richly deserve the awards they received.”

No date has yet been fixed for presentation of the awards, made on the recommendation of Lincolnshire Police, but it is expected to take place in the near future.

The roots of the Royal Humane Society stretch back more than two centuries. Its president is Princess Alexandra. It was founded in 1774 by two of the day’s eminent medical men, William Hawes and Thomas Cogan. Their primary motive was to promote techniques of resuscitation. However, as it emerged that numerous people were prepared to put their own lives at risk to save others, the awards scheme evolved, and today a variety of awards are made depending on the bravery involved.