Live Saving Officers Get Award
5 December 2018, 14:07 | Updated: 5 December 2018, 14:10
Kent Police Officers came to the aid of a man who suffered a heart attack .
PC Mark Johnston and PC Stephen Howard (pictured top with Chief Constable Alan Pughsley and Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott) both of the North Kent Local Policing Team, were among a select group praised for exemplary acts of professionalism at Kent Police College, Maidstone, on Tuesday 27 November 2018.
The officers had been on patrol in Northfleet in March 2018 when they were called to assist South East Coast Ambulance Service with an incident in which a man had suffered a heart attack and collapsed while crossing the road with his five-year-old daughter.
As the ambulance personnel administered other urgent treatment to the man, PCs Johnston and Howard spent the next 28 minutes taking it in turns to perform CPR on him.
The man survived and recovered in hospital.Other officers who were recognised at the ceremony included:
Detective Constable Fleur Hardie whose outstanding work and dedication led to the conviction of a man who sexually abused two young children over the course of several years.
DC Hardie devoted many hours to this complex case, which was of a distressing and challenging nature, but her expertise in both investigating sexual offences and providing support to victims led to the offender being jailed for 18 years in May 2018. He must also serve a further six years on licence under the terms of an extended sentence.
Detective Inspector Neil Kimber (pictured bottom), Inspector Nick Finnis, Sergeant Ian Jones and PC Gary Holden, in recognition of their outstanding leadership, dedication and commitment in helping to evict a Sevenoaks family identified as an organised crime group. People living near land occupied by the family had been repeat victims of crime over many years and supported the efforts of Kent Police and Kent County Council in trying to evict them. The award winners were among 15 officers who gave evidence against their criminality.
Chief Constable Alan Pughsley said:‘Kent Police officers face challenging situations on a daily basis and routinely run towards danger and difficulty.
‘They place victims and vulnerable people at the heart of everything they do and it is an honour for me to recognise those who go above and beyond the call of duty to help those who need it the most.’