Awards for police after Potters Bar rescue

PUBLISHED: 07:20 30 April 2017

The Right Reverend Dr Alan Gregory Clayton Smith, Bishop of  St Albans, presented  the Royal Humane Society certificate to Sergeant Noel Buckley, watched by chief constable Charlie Hall.

The Right Reverend Dr Alan Gregory Clayton Smith, Bishop of St Albans, presented the Royal Humane Society certificate to Sergeant Noel Buckley, watched by chief constable Charlie Hall.

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Two police officers who helped a dying Potters Bar woman say goodbye to her children have been presented with awards from the Royal Humane Society.

The Bishop of St Albans presented Sergeant Noel Buckley and PC Hollie Cannon with award certificates at a ceremony at the county police headquarters in Welwyn Garden City.

On the morning of July 16 last year Segeant Buckley climbed a ladder to enter a house in Willow Way where a woman in her 50s had collapsed in a critical state.

With the help of colleagues and a paramedic, they were able to revive the woman and ensure she was taken to hospital.

Although the woman, who was suffering from cancer, died that evening, her seven children were able to say goodbye to her thanks to the officers.

Sergeant Buckley said: “The woman had turned purple and had probably been like that for 10 minutes, so she was at a critical stage.

“Between us, we managed to get her back to life with a pulse and she started breathing on her own, although PC Cannon kept the flow going. The air ambulance crew said that we’d done a great job, saving her the need to be sedated and flown to London by air ambulance.

“It is a great honour to receive this award. I only wish we had been able to give the woman more time with her family.”

PC Cannon, who helped the woman breath with an oxygen bag, said: “We were in a confined space and it was very hot in the room. But we all wanted the same thing – to bring the woman back to life. It was only afterwards that I realised what pressure we had been under, especially with her family downstairs.”

Hertsmere chief inspector Steve O’Keeffe said: “The circumstances they worked in were very challenging and they put their training into practice and worked together with the paramedic. I know her family are very grateful.

“Obviously this incident takes its toll on police officers, who after all have their own families, and sadly two of the officers had recently lost close family members, which makes their efforts back in July even more commendable.”


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