Award for PC who saved two lives
A CLEVEDON policeman who risked his life to save two road accident victims has been presented with a Chief Constable's Commendation
A CLEVEDON policeman who risked his life to save two road accident victims has been presented with a Chief Constable's Commendation.PC Phil Kinsella was awarded the special accolade in recognition of his actions during a road accident on May 31 last year.Four members of the public, Paul Cobley, Ann Kinsella and father and son Paul and Dominic Baldwin, were also presented with the Waley Cohen Award for their assistance during the incident.While off duty PC Kinsella and his wife Ann came across three cars which had been involved in a serious incident in Burrington Coombe.One car was on its side and the two others had impacted head on, with flames coming out from under the bonnet of one.Mrs Kinsella tended to an elderly couple from the first car who were injured, while her husband went to the other two cars.He freed a woman trapped in a car by forcing open the door and pulled an unconscious man from another vehicle with the help of Paul Cobley.Paul and Dominic Baldwin helped PC Kinsella remove all the casualties to a safe distance away from the scene, due to the risk of explosion.PC Kinsella said: "I am really pleased to be receiving this award."On the day, I just did what anyone else would have done."I am also glad that the other people who helped are having their actions recognised."Mrs Kinsella said: "My main concern at the time was for the people who were involved and making sure they were alright."North Somerset Police Sector Inspector Steve Date said: "PC Kinsella's actions on that night certainly saved the lives of two people."He took control of a difficult situation and directed people there to help."He acted quickly and without panicking, giving thought to all those who were there."He put himself at risk when removing the two people as the cars fuel tanks could have exploded.