Lewes policeman brought man back from brink of death

A Lewes police officer who fought a desperate roadside battle to bring a local man back from the brink of death is to receive a top national life-saving honour.

PC Simon Friend was on his way back to Sussex Police Headquarters on the afternoon of September 24 last year and was in Brooks Road when he spotted a crowd gathered round a man who was lying at the side of the road.

He stopped and discovered that the man was showing no signs of life. A member of the public had already started attempting to administer cardiac pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) but had given up.

However, PC Friend began it again and kept it up for 10 minutes until an ambulance arrived, by which time the man had a pulse. He went on to make a full recovery in hospital.

Now PC Friend is to receive a Royal Humane Society resuscitation certificate for his action that afternoon.

And this week, in addition to the award he is to receive, he also won the personal praise of Dick Wilkinson, the Royal Humane Society Secretary.

Speaking at the Society’s London headquarters as he announced the award, Mr Wilkinson said: “PC Friend was the right person in the right place at the right time.

“A member of the public had tried to revive the man but had given up. Thankfully for the victim PC Friend arrived on the scene and began again and managed to bring the man back from literally the brink of death.”

Mr Wilkinson added: “He richly deserves the award he is to receive.”

No date has been fixed for presentation of the award but it is expected to take place in the near future.