CARING police officers who went above and beyond the call of duty when they tried to save a man’s life have been given a top honour.
PCs Daniel Templeton-Smith, Lee Pymont, Ryan Cheyne and Malcolm Long rushed to St Paul’s Road, Southsea, to a report of a man with a knife.
In an utterly non-judgemental way they went to great lengths to try and save a man’s life – a stranger’s life – while confronted with a threat to them – that’s public serviceAndy Marsh
A horrific scene lay in wait for them as they reached the injured man and then battled to restrain him as he tried to harm himself further.
Despite their best efforts to help him, the man did not survive the incident at 1.55am on May 22.
But now chief constable Andy Marsh has given all four men a commendation for giving medical assistance and going beyond their role as police officers in an ‘extremely distressing’ incident.
PC Long said: ‘It was probably the most horrific scene I’ve seen in 11 years in the job.’
PC Cheyne added: ‘My big concern was somebody else had done this to him.’
When police were called an ambulance was on its way so PC Long started first aid and put a bandage on the man, Chief Superintendent David Hardcastle said.
Mr Hardcastle said PC Cheyne searched the man for weapons. Both PCs Long and Cheyne tried to get the man’s medical history as they helped him.
PC Pymont then arrived and stayed outside so as not to overwhelm the man.
‘The scene was horrific with a large amount of blood and the male was now slumped to the floor unconscious,’ Mr Hardcastle told the awards ceremony held at Hampshire police’s training headquarters in Netley yesterday.
Officers then started CPR but this was difficult as he was losing blood. PC Templeton-Smith took over after paramedics arrived but the man died.
Mr Marsh said: ‘In an utterly non-judgemental way they went to great lengths to try to save a man’s life – a stranger’s life – while confronted with a threat to them – that’s public service.’
Hampshire Police Federation chairman John Apter added: ‘Those four officers witnessed something nobody that nobody should ever have to. They did what they could to save him.’
n Liam Beswick, 32, died at Queen Alexandra Hospital in the early hours of May 22.
An inquest into his death has been opened and adjourned.