A SOLIHULL PC has been honoured for saving the life of a Chelmsley Wood man who had been stabbed.
PC Mark Beckett was responding to reports of a disturbance at St Annes Community Centre on April 25 last year and discovered a man with knife wounds to his chest.
The 30-year-old victim was bleeding heavily, not breathing and did not have a pulse.
PC Beckett – who is trained in first aid – stemmed the blood flow and performed resuscitation, helping the man breathe for himself before paramedics arrived and transferred him to hospital.
He went on to make a full recovery – and at a recent awards ceremony PC Beckett was presented with the Royal Humane Society Award by West Midlands Police Chief Constable Chris Sims.
“I’m incredibly proud to receive the award but most importantly the victim survived and is back to full health.” said the 34-year-old, who joined the police in 2000.
“It was a chaotic scene; I was the first officer to arrive and there was a large, disorderly crowd. I saw one man on the floor bleeding heavily. Administering medical treatment was difficult due to the agitated gathering but I ensured it was my priority until medical professionals arrived.”
Three men were later arrested and charged in connection with the incident.