Officer honoured for life-saving actions

 23/11/2018

​A RESPONSE officer has been honoured for his part in saving the life of a stab victim.

PC Jason Pool, from Peterlee Police, attended the scene of a knife attack in Horden last year, alongside two off-duty nurses and a member of the public.

Together, they carried out CPR, kept the victim’s airways open, and maintained his pulse until paramedics arrived.

A consultant then performed open heart surgery at the scene, ultimately saving his life.

Jason, alongside Lisa Jones, Kelly Percival and Lyndsey Hepburn, received the Emergency Services Award for their actions at last night’s Best of Hartlepool Awards.

Today he said: “It was a fabulous night, and I’m humbled to have been in the presence of so many incredible people.”

The four also received a Royal Humane Society award at Durham Constabulary headquarters earlier this year.

Speaking at the presentation, Chief Constable Mike Barton said: “The humility and modesty just exudes out of these people, who will all say: ‘I was just doing my job.’

“But we couldn’t do these jobs without the help of other people. This is a real team effort between the public, the police and the emergency services, who are doing their very best to help other people.”