Essex Police have commended nine of their officers and a paramedic for saving the lives of members of the public.
On Friday, November 23, proud family members and special guests gathered at a ceremony at Essex Police Headquarters in Chelmsford to celebrate their actions of bravery and courageousness during dangerous and difficult situations.
Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington awarded the individuals with a commendation which is one of the highest honours a Chief Constable can give.
In February 2018, Sgt Andrew Jopson, PC Fiona Smith, PC Peter Cooper and a colleague forced their way into a house where they found a young woman attempting to take her own life.
Andrew, Fiona, Peter and their colleague performed life-saving first aid on the woman for a prolonged period of time. Fiona remained with the woman’s family, comforting them and keeping them informed about their daughter’s condition. The young woman was subsequently taken to intensive care.
The officers were commended for their professionalism, commitment and decisive action during the incident.
In October 2015 Detective Superintendent Stephen Jennings and three colleagues were involved in an investigation into the kidnap of a dual-nationality man in Libya.
The detectives worked tirelessly to deal with the complex and time-sensitive investigation. The actions of the officers resulted in the hostage being returned safely from a dangerous location.
The detectives were commended for their professionalism, tenacity and resilience throughout the investigation.
In March 2018, Adrian Bell, a paramedic for East of England Ambulance and an officer attended an incident where a young man was threatening to harm himself by jumping from a railway bridge onto the railway track below.
Adrian and the officer attempted to talk to the man for more than an hour however he made no attempt to talk back to them and tried to jump off the bridge. They acted quickly and grabbed the man, preventing him from falling on the live cables.
Both were commended for their bravery, dedication and professionalism which resulted in saving the life of a young man.
Deputy Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Jane Gardner said: “I feel honoured to be here today as we recognise the great work of officers and paramedics. I want to say thank you on behalf of the public for everything you do.”
Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington said: “Helping people, keeping them safe and catching criminals is what our officers do.
“In this case, our officers and a fellow colleague from the East of England Ambulance Service have gone above and beyond to keep people safe whether that’s through negotiating or performing life-saving first aid. I’m really proud of them and they should be too.”