Two police who fought to stop a man from bleeding to death are to received top national life-saving awards.
PCs Kris Green and Toby Spires are to receive Royal Humane Society Certificates of Commendation for their fight to save the man’s life early on the morning of 20 February this year.
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.
He said: “This was a horrific incident and the scene in the police van must have resembled a blood bath. The two officers had collected the man from hospital following an operation. Just before they got to the police station though he began to bleed heavily from the wound in his groin where he had been operated on. The two officers called for assistance and put him on his back and applied direct and pressure to the wound which was bleeding profusely.
“Paramedics arrived and were also unable to stem the blood flow with the result that the man, still accompanied by PCs Green and Spires who continued to apply pressure to the wound, was rushed back to hospital. The cause of the bleeding was a haemorrhage. Thankfully he survived but it was touch and go and but for the efforts of these two officers it could have been a very different outcome. They richly deserve the awards they are to receive.”
No date has yet been fixed for presentation of the awards which have been made following a recommendation from Sussex Police but it is expected to take place next year.