A RUGELEY police officer has been honoured by the Royal Humane Society after saving the life of a stab victim - at the same time as arresting his attacker.
PC Kate Holding was presented with a Royal Humane Society testimonial on vellum by Staffordshire chief constable Mike Cunningham at a ceremony at police headquarters in Stafford on Tuesday.
.And colleagues PCs Andrew Bulman, Daniel Till and Steven Wain received the society’s certificates of commendation for their bravery in the same incident
The awards follow an incident in May last year, when police were called to a fight at a Rugeley house.
PC Holding was first on the scene and found two men arguing and grappling with each other. She managed to part them but one then grabbed a knife and slashed the other man with it, severing an artery.
She used a CS spray on the attacker and kicked the knife from his hand, before handcuffing him, with the help of PC Wain, who had just arrived. PC Holding then grabbed a towel to stem the loss of blood from the gravely wounded victim.
Firearms officers PCs Till and Bulman then arrived at the scene and began helping her with emergency first aid, working to save the man’s life until paramedics and the air ambulance arrived. The Royal Humane Society citation says PC Holding acted 'magnificently' in an horrific situation. T
PC Holding has already been awarded the Staffordshire High Sheriff's vase for her bravery.