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Officers who risked their own safety to save life of suicidal man are commended by Force

November 8, 2017
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Two quick-thinking police officers who risked their own safety to save the life of a suicidal man were honoured at Thursday night’s (2 November 2017) Nottinghamshire Police Awards, sponsored by Nottingham Trent University, the Nottinghamshire Police Federation and Mazars. 

PCs Mark Walker and Tim Mason attended the Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) on 12 March 2017 to relieve the night shift who had been supervising an injured prisoner.

Having just taken over on the ward, the officers heard a tremendous commotion, shouting, smashing and a woman screaming from further down the corridor.

Deciding to leave their prisoner under the supervision of the nurses they ran down the corridor to the source of the noise.

The PCs entered another ward to see a man head and shoulders out of a smashed window. He was bleeding profusely, being aggressive and was intent on exiting the window head first. 

The room was in chaos with smashed glass, distressed nurses and no-one able to prevent the man from jumping to his death.

The officers immediately grabbed at the man, who was now almost through the window, and despite his resistance they were able to pull him back into the room and secure him.

The man, who had been admitted having previously attempted suicide, had smashed the window with a chair and tried to launch himself though it.

Once the officers had safely subdued the man, despite him still struggling, they continued to deal with the situation calmly until help arrived.

PCs Walker and Mason, who are both East Bassetlaw officers, suffered minor cuts as a result of their efforts but thankfully nothing too serious.

Inspector Niall McCartney, who nominated them for Chief Constable’s Commendations, said: "The officers put themselves at very real risk in saving this man’s life. He was intent on suicide and there was a very real risk that he could have pulled one or both officers with him.

"The officers acted quickly and decisively and with little thought to their own safety to prevent him killing himself.

"With the ward being five storeys high, the man would certainly have fallen to his death. He was struggling violently and, with jagged and broken glass everywhere, the officers were in danger of serious injury from being pushed into it.

"The man was covered in blood and bleeding badly. This made handling him all the more difficult. Despite the officers being aware of the dangers of blood-borne infection, they did not sway from their endeavour. They are thought to be safe from any blood infection.

"The nursing staff could not express their thanks highly enough and made it clear how very serious the situation was and that the officers’ intervention saved the man’s life without any doubt whatsoever.

"They have nothing but admiration for them and, in saving the man’s life, they have demonstrated the very essence of what being a police officer stands for."

Speaking after receiving his commendation PC Mason said: "I certainly wasn’t expecting to receive an award as I believe any officer would have done the same.

"I just felt very lucky that we were in the right place at the right time to be able to assist our NHS colleagues and help a man who was clearly having a very bad time."

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