Thornbury police officer wins award

June 22 2018
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A Thornbury police officer has received a Royal Humane Society Award for saving a man’s life. PC Julie Rudyard was recognised at the Avon and Somerset Force Awards for her quick thinking.

After responding to a call from a member of the public, she arrived to find that the man had collapsed.  PC Rudyard called an ambulance and carried out CPR until paramedics took over. The man later had triple heart by-pass surgery and has since recovered.  The paramedics said that PC Rudyard’s sustained actions were undoubtedly the reason the man survived. 

Her life saving actions were just one of several combinations at a special awards ceremony.  Chief Constable Andy Marsh said; “Time and time again, I’m inspired by the commitment, courage and resilience shown by my fellow officers. The changing face of policing is apparent as we read through the citations for the Force Awards. We still catch criminals but around 80% of what we do involves supporting vulnerable victims, problem solving and working through crisis situations. Many of the incredible deeds we celebrate today are driven by three motivations; hope to make things better, belief in fairness and equality and human kindness - which is at the heart of policing.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mounstevens said; “Recognising the men and women who work with extraordinary dedication and courage, day in day out is very humbling and a real honour. We have seen great stories of bravery, perseverance and a passion for policing that is second to none. I am in awe of the heroism and enthusiasm that all 20 winners have shown, and I am extremely grateful to each and every one of them.”