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Redditch PC and community first responder get excellence award
8:50am Wednesday 20th March 2013 in News
A POLICE officer and community first responder from Redditch have been honoured at an awards ceremony for the role they played at a distressing incident.
PC Laura Lawson from West Mercia Police and Kevan Skidmore, a community first responder, were first on the scene at an incident where a man set himself on fire in the centre of a traffic island at Studley Road.
PC Lawson managed to extinguish the flames and was joined by Mr Skidmore who dressed the burns and provided a comprehensive handover to arriving ambulance staff.
Gordon Hopkins, 46, from Edgeworth Close, was a patient at Hill Crest Mental Health Unit.
After the incident, on April 19 last year, he was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where he died as a result of his horrific injuries.
PC Lawson and Mr Skidmore were nominated by members of West Midlands Ambulance Service for commendation for their work.
At a recent ceremony, held in Droitwich, they were presented with Chief Officer Commendations.
Anthony Marsh, chief executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service, praised the pair.
He added: “A really big thank you to all of our staff, volunteers and other colleagues who have worked with the ambulance service on a very regular basis to do the best we can for the public and patients across the entire West Midlands.”