8th April 2003


Police officer receives commendation for life saving action

PC Gary Wright based at Camberley Police Station, recently received a Divisional Commendation for his quick thinking and professionalism in a particularly tense situation. The ceremony was held at Surrey Police's Mount Browne Headquarters, Guildford.

In February last year, Surrey Ambulance Service called North West Surrey Police to a house in Windlesham where a 26 year old man was found hanging. The man was unconscious and he was not breathing. Upon arrival, PC Wright immediately took control of the situation and, in partnership with paramedics, started cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). It was through CPR that the man regained his pulse and was immediately taken to hospital for further treatment where he made a complete recovery. Had it not been for the quick thinking and perseverance of PC Wright it is likely that the man would have died at the scene.

In accepting his commendation from North West Surrey Police Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Adrian Leppard, PC Gary Wright said: "As I entered the house that night I knew the atmosphere was going to be highly charged so my main concern was to remain calm and to do everything possible to save the life of the man. Although I am very pleased to accept this award it really was a team effort and without the support and assistance of my fellow officers and the paramedics the outcome could have been very different."

Ref: NW/JW/03/33

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