A POLICEMAN who tackled a knife-wielding attacker and officers who fought off a violent assailant have been honoured for their bravery.
PC Liz Gardner and PC Stacy Dyson were both injured saving a victim from their violent partner while PC Peter Horsfield managed to single-handedly tackle a thug who had stabbed a woman.
And all three have now picked up the Rhodes Marshall Meritorius Conduct Cup for their work in helping to keep Blackpool and Fylde safe – while three civilians were also honoured for their brave actions during a police ceremony.
PC Gardner and PC Dyson were attacked after attending an incident where a man had seriously assaulted his partner in October last year.The offender turned on the pair but, despite PC Gardner suffering wrist and knee injuries and PC Dyson breaking her finger and suffering bruising to her face, the officers managed to arrest the man and prevent his victim from further harm.
PC Horsfield was also injured as he fought off a man who had stabbed a woman, leaving her bleeding heavily.
But despite his wounds he was able to arrest the man and call for medical assistance for the victim – saving her life.
Chief Supt Richard Debicki, divisional commander, said: “Our officers and staff are there to protect our local communities on a daily basis, often going beyond what is expected of them.
“Occasionally though their acts demonstrate such outstanding bravery that they deserve special recognition. It is right that we acknowledge the work of people who put themselves in harm’s way.”
Chief Supt Debicki also handed out commendations to the three members of the public – two of whom had helped save a police officer’s life.
Sydney Bailey and Karl Kushnirow went to the aid of Sgt David Cross after he collapsed while cycling along Blackpool Promenade, and carried out CPR until the ambulance arrived.
Chief Supt Debicki added: “Had it not been for Mr Bailey’s and Mr Kushnirow’s public spirited actions that evening, one of our own colleagues would not be with us.
“We all owe them a great debt of gratitude for their unselfish response and actions.
“We use this ceremony as a way of highlighting the exceptional actions of members of the public, many of whom come to our assistance or show true heroism. The actions of these individuals should be praised, because in some cases they have helped to save the life of someone else, putting other people ahead of themselves and acting for the greater good.”
Hayley Bee was praised for disarming a man in a Blackpool restaurant after he threatened diners with a screwdriver while under the influence of heroin, and a number of volunteers joined her in picking up awards for dedicating their time to the local community.
John Gavan, who has done six years of voluntary work for the force providing a link to the area’s LGBT community, won the overall award while the work of Simon Basset, a special sergeant in South Fylde, Matthew Ellis, a community volunteer in Blackpool and Pamela Peabody, a volunteer in Blackpool’s CID department, was also recognised.
A posthumous award went to Syd Tomlinson, the chairman of the police Independent Advisory Group, who passed away last year.
He also helped to create a link between the Jewish community and the police, and set up an annual Holocaust memorial at Lancashire Police headquarters.