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Police officers commended for saving Watling Park stabbing victim's life during Borough Commanders Commendation ceremony
Three police officers whose quick thinking saved the life of a young man who was bleeding to death were among those were commended for acting above and beyond the call of duty.
PC Owen Bateman, PC Geoffrey Green and PC Thomas Freestone were awarded Borough Commander’s Commendations at a ceremony at Middlesex University on Wednesday, after they saved the life of a 16-year-old boy in Watling Park in Burnt Oak in January.
PC Green described how he and PC Bateman had found one stabbing victim near the park and had gone to look for the other using only the light from their car headlamps.
He said: “We found his body steaming and with a dead, vacant look.
“We both did what he could to get him breathing by himself. How he survived, God only knows.”
Before they received their certificates from Chief Superintendent Adrian Usher, Det Chief Insp Mark Strong of Barnet Police praised the three police officers for their “team work in difficult circumstances which had saved the life of a young person.”
He described how PC Bateman and PC Green had searched for the victim in the pitch dark park, finding him lying in a pool of blood and with a chest wound and a wound to the armpit.
They then took it in turns to administer CPR for a period of ten minutes and dress the man’s wounds with a three-sided chest seal to allow fluid to escape.
The officers and PC Freestone then drove the man to Edgware Road in Cricklewood where they intercepted the air ambulance in the middle of the road and paramedics stitched up the victim’s heart.
He was then rushed to St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, and later made a full recovery.
Mayor of Barnet Councillor Melvin Cohen also praised the three men for their "multitasking, in not only chasing criminals but patching up wounded people and stitching up a man's heart."
Chief Superintendent Usher added: “This man would have died but for the intervention of these brave officers. It is always a privilege for an officer to save someone’s life.”
A man has been arrested and charged with the stabbing and is due to appear in court.
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