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Officers and members of the public commended at Herefordshire awards ceremony

A police officer and two members of the public have been commended for their actions which saved the lives of two people in Herefordshire.

PC Kimberley Morris, Alan Wood and Heather Smith were all nominated for Royal Humane Society awards, which were presented to them at a ceremony at Hereford Town Hall on Thursday (9 February) by the Chief Constable of West Mercia Police, Anthony Bangham.

On 8 February 2016 PC Morris responded to a report of an assault in Westfaling Street, Hereford and on arrival found a 60-year-old man with a severe, life threatening neck injury.

PC Morris immediately administered first aid, finding tea towels and blankets to stem the bleeding, and in doing do put herself in a potentially dangerous situation.

With a colleague she accompanied the injured man to hospital and stayed there for a further eight hours.

Another man was arrested at the scene of the assault.

PC Morris also received a Chief Constable's Commendation.

Heather Smith and Alan Wood, both from Leominster, saved the life of a man who collapsed in South Street on 15 December, 2015.

They administered chest compressions and CPR until paramedics arrived and the man was taken to hospital. It is believed that he survived his ordeal because of the actions of Ms Smith and Mr Wood.

They have both been awarded High Sheriff's Awards for their actions. (Mr Wood received this at a previous ceremony), presented by the High Sheriff of Herefordshire, Bill Jackson.
Three members of the public, Debbie Stringer, Timothy Tranter and David Garrett, were also presented with High Sheriff's Awards.

Mrs Stringer, who works for Herefordshire Council, was nominated for her work as CCTV commissioning officer.

Since her appointment in 2002 Debbie has expanded CCTV provision for the county, increasing the number of cameras from 33 to 42 and upgrading the system from analogue to digital, despite budget cuts which have forced a reduction in staff numbers.

Debbie is also involved in the Hereford and Leominster HAND schemes (pubwatch), Hereford Retail Security Group (ShopWatch) and a number of other ventures which help prevent and detect crime in the county.

Mr Tranter and Mr Garrett were nominated for saving the life of a man who had set himself alight in Bromyard in December 2016.

Mr Tranter came across the man, pushed him to the floor, smothered the flames and removed his burning clothing.

Mr Garrett saw what was happening and came to Mr Tranter's aid.

Without the prompt and selfless actions of the two men the other man would have suffered life changing injuries or may have died.

Three officers received Superintendent's Commendations, presented by Supt Sue Thomas.

Temporary Inspector Emma Whitworth for her commitment, dedication and professionalism in her work to reduce rural and business crime in the Warwickshire and West Mercia policing areas

Sgt Duncan Reynolds for his outstanding leadership and commitment to Hereford through his work which includes Criminal Behaviour Orders, counterfeiting and customs and immigration officers.

DC Susan Prosser, who retired in January after 31 years service with West Mercia Police during which time she ensured that many criminals were brought to justice.

The awards ceremony was attended by local dignitaries,  including the chairman of Herefordshire Council, Cllr Brian Wilcox; the mayors of Hereford, Kington, Leominster, Bromyard & Winslow, Ledbury and Ross on Wye; the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, John Campion;  and the community ambassador for Herefordshire for the OPCC Dan Guerche and Jane Little.

Issued: 10.20am Tuesday 14 February, Anne Tugwell, Corporate Communications





Published 14/02/17