Merseyside officers scoop regional bravery award after quick action saved Birkenhead knife attack victim's life (From Wirral Globe)
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Merseyside officers scoop regional bravery award after quick action saved Birkenhead knife attack victim's life
9:22am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
Two Merseyside police officers who saved a stab victim’s life and caught his attacker have won the North West regional Police Bravery Award.
The award was presented to Constables Nathan Jackman and Peter Stevens by Association of Chief Police Officers' president Sir Hugh Orde at a glittering awards ceremony.
The event followed a reception at 10 Downing Street, where the officers met the Prime Minister, David Cameron and Home Secretary, Theresa May.
Constable Nathan Jackman and Peter Stevens were called to an address in Birkenhead following reports that a man had attacked two people with a knife.
When they arrived at the scene, they found a man in his 30s and a woman in her 50s with knife wounds.
Further up the road was their attacker, still armed with a knife.
The woman had slash injuries to the back of her legs and had dragged herself from the property to raise the alarm.
The male victim had been repeatedly stabbed in the shoulder, chest and back and had been slashed on his face and arms.
One of the stab wounds to the back had put the victim in lethal danger as it had punctured a lung.
Constable Stevens immediately gave first-aid.
He used a supermarket carrier bag to create a "flutter valve" which stemmed the flow of blood to ensure his lungs did not collapse – a course of action which saved the victim’s life.
Constable Jackman, who was still in his probationary period, located and confronted the suspect.
The man, who was still armed, attacked Cons Jackman. The officer managed to get enough space to deploy his CS gas and restrain the attacker, managing to keep hold of him as his family attempted to free him from the restraint.
Despite being outnumbered, the officer managed to keep hold of the suspect and other officers were soon on the scene to arrest and handcuff him. The knife was later recovered from the scene where Cons Jackman and the suspect had fought.
The kinifeman pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder and was sentenced to ten years in prison.
After receiving the award, the two officers paid tribute to one another.
Constable Stephens said: “I’m a bit overawed, but I suppose proud is the right word. When you’ve got someone (an offender) who is violent, you want someone like Nathan who will stand alongside you and fight if need be.”
Constable Jackman said: “We don’t deserve this any more than any other officer in the force. Some jobs get noticed and some don’t.
"The guy that’s standing next to me (Cons Stephens) taught me. I was just glad to be next to Pete at the end of the day and knowing that he was next to me made it a lot better.”
Steve Williams, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “Congratulations to officers Jackman and Stevens for being such deserved winners of this regional award.
"Their quick thinking under extreme pressure is worthy of the highest praise.
"Using a supermarket carrier bag to prevent the victim’s lung from deflating undoubtedly saved his life.
"And for an officer still in his probationary period to pursue this armed and dangerous individual was incredibly brave.
"Their actions were truly remarkable.”
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