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Rugeley PC wins top bravery award

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 24, 2014

Rugeley PC wins top bravery award

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A RUGELEY police officer is to receive an award from the Royal Humane Society after saving the life of a stab victim - at the same time as arresting his attacker.

PC Kate Holding,is to receive a Royal Humane Society testimonial on vellum.

And colleagues PCs Andrew Bulman, Daniel Till and Steven Wain are to receive 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.

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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.

The four officers are expected to be presented with their awards later in the spring.

PC Holding has already been awarded the Staffordshire High Sheriff's vase for her bravery, and is pictured at the awards ceremony with Chief Constable Mike Cunningham.

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