Award for life-saving policeman

PUBLISHED: 13:13 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:33 26 October 2009

Detective Superintendent Jane Swinburne (left), Sergeant Barny Askew, Frank Whiteley, guest of honour Air Vice-Marshall Alan Merriman, Pc Darren Smith, Rebecca Thurlby, Pc Simon Reed-Purvis and Dc Nathan Warren

Detective Superintendent Jane Swinburne (left), Sergeant Barny Askew, Frank Whiteley, guest of honour Air Vice-Marshall Alan Merriman, Pc Darren Smith, Rebecca Thurlby, Pc Simon Reed-Purvis and Dc Nathan Warren

A POLICE constable who kept a badly injured man alive until paramedics arrived has received and award. Pc Darren Smith was one of seven officers from across Welwyn Hatfield recognised for their bravery, commitment and long service to the force at a county

Chief Superintendent Alison Roome-Gifford (left), Brenda Griffiths and, right, Pc Andy Chittenden, with Frank Whiteley and Air Vice-Marshall Merriman

A POLICE constable who kept a badly injured man alive until paramedics arrived has received and award.

Pc Darren Smith was one of seven officers from across Welwyn Hatfield recognised for their bravery, commitment and long service to the force at a county-wide award ceremony.

Pc Smith, who is based at the Herts police headquarters in WGC, was given a Royal Humane Society Award. He and Pc Timothy Shaw, now based in Watford, saved a man's life after he was involved in a car crash.

The man's car collided with a street sign in Hemel Hempstead in March last year.

Pc Smith, 31, was first on the scene and found the man lying on the grass verge, and resuscitated him.

He was later joined by Pc Shaw and the pair kept the man alive until paramedics arrived to take him to hospital.

At the ceremony, detectives, superintendents, sergeants and constables from Welwyn Hatfield were given awards by chief constable Frank Whiteley.

Mr Whiteley said: "Our awards this evening recognise when officers and members of the public have acted in an outstandingly courageous or resourceful way, over and above what could be expected.

"The long service awards recognise the members of staff who have given a continuing commitment to serve the communities of Hertfordshire."

He added: "All our recipients are exceptional people, and this is their special occasion."

Chief constable's commendations were given to detective sergeant Bart Haley, who is based at the WGC headquarters, and Pc Simon Reed-Purvis, who lives in WGC.

They were rewarded for their work on an historic conspiracy case which spanned five force areas and led to the imprisonment of two prolific offenders.

Detective superintendent Jane Swinburne, based at headquarters, received the award for her work as part of a team on a live kidnap.

The hostage was eventually rescued and the main offenders sentenced to seven years behind bars.

Detective constable Nathan Warren, based at headquarters, was given the award as one of a team who worked on the murder and sexual assault of 25-year-old Serena Mahoney.

Others recognised at the awards ceremony included:

# Sergeant Barry Askew, based at headquarters, won the police long service and good conduct medal

# Pc Ian Marsh, based at headquarters, won the police long service and good conduct medal

# Rebecca Thurley, based at headquarters, received the management diploma award

# Detective superintendent Jane Swinburne, based at headquarters was awarded certificates for completing a masters of science in criminal justice studies and creating a specialist interview unit programme

# Chief superintendent Alison Roome-Gifford, central area commander, and Brenda Griffiths of Herts Police Authority, collected the health and safety award for the patch

# Pc Andy Chittenden, a traffic officer for Hertsmere who is based at the WGC police station, was given the individual health and safety award.

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