‘Blood bath’ police heroes hailed for saving stabbing victim’s life
PUBLISHED: 09:55 28 April 2017
Five Weston-super-Mare police officers whose quick-thinking saved a stabbing victim’s life have seen their actions recognised with a top award.
The officers – PCs Matt Boiles, Alice Durston and Samuel Hodson, plus sergeants Mark Jenkinson and Kellie Millier – were confronted with a ‘blood bath’ when they were called to reports of a knife attack at Saffron House in Weston’s Prospect Place.
PCs Boiles and Hodson were first on the scene, and found the victim rolling on the ground in a large pool of blood and gasping for air. He had been stabbed in the thigh and was suffering extensive arterial bleeding.
They applied pressure to the wound to slow the bleeding, and when the other three officers arrived PC Durston removed her belt while Sgt Jenkinson removed the man’s trousers. They then used the belt as a tourniquet while Sgt Millier held the man’s head and made sure he remained conscious.
Ambulance crews who attended later went on record to say they believed the actions taken by each of the five officers had played a vital role in saving the man’s life.
Now all five have been hailed as heroes for their parts in the 2015 incident, and will receive Royal Humane Society certificates of commendation for their actions.
Society secretary Dick Wilkinson said: “Time was of the absolute essence in this horrific situation.
“The man who had been stabbed was bleeding profusely and could easily have bled to death.
“Fortunately the officers managed to get to the scene rapidly and using a combination of their own first aid kits and the makeshift tourniquet they managed to save his life.
“It was excellent teamwork on the part of the officers and they richly deserve the awards they are to receive.”
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Weston Mercury. Click the link in the orange box above for details.