Trio commended for saving lives

PC Illingworth, Coun Denwood, PC Kay and PC Holmes.
PC Illingworth, Coun Denwood, PC Kay and PC Holmes.
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Three police officers who saved the lives of two people have been presented with awards to honour their quick reactions.

The officers received the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society Awards, given to those who have helped to preserve a life, at a special ceremony at Lancaster town hall.

PC John Holmes was on patrol in King Street, Lancaster, on July 1, 2011, when he came across a man who appeared to be in distress.

As PC Holmes went to check on his welfare, the man collapsed and stopped breathing.

PC Holmes was joined by his colleague PC Nikki Kay and the pair performed CPR until they were able to get the man breathing again.

He was then taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary for treatment.

PC Jamie Illingworth was called to the home of an elderly Heysham man on March 1, 2012, following the activation of a Lifeline alarm.

When PC Illingworth arrived plumes of smoke were covering the flat.

The officer made his way into the kitchen to find the stove ablaze; he quickly turned off the gas and put out the flames.

He then noticed that the pensioner was wedged in a corridor, unable to get up, so PC Illingworth carried the man to safety.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service later confirmed that the kitchen’s polystyrene ceiling tiles had been moments from catching alight and PC Illingworth’s swift actions had prevented both the elderly man and himself from being killed by potentially toxic fumes.

The awards were presented to the officers by the mayor of Lancaster, Councillor Sheila Denwood.

Divisional commander, Chief Superintendent Richard Bayly said: “Our officers often find themselves in a situation where another person is at risk of harm and that officer has to make an instant decision as to what to do, which on occasion could mean the difference between life and death.

“The prompt actions of PCs Holmes, Kay and Illingworth helped to save the lives of these residents and the award recognises their brave deeds.”