Bravery recognised in annual awards
THE life saving efforts of local police officer Senior Constable Vicky Bamford were suitably rewarded when she received a Royal Life Saving Association Commendation for Bravery from the Governor of NSW, David Hurley, at Government House.
Awards were given to only a select few at the annual Royal Life Saving New South Wales event which presents special awards to astonishing people who have done incredible things to help save other people's lives.
Sen Cnst Bamford and Sgt Christopher Stafford received their awards for an incident near Kempsey in August 2012.
On that day Kempsey police received a notification to attend a property in relation to a potential self-harm incident.
Sen Const Bamford was the first to arrive at the scene as she was driving past the property and was flagged down by a distraught woman.
Upon getting to the property, the police officer found a man who had apparently been sitting on a chair on the front verandah and had suddenly collapsed and fallen into the front garden.
Emergency services were called but Sen Const Bamford was told it would be an estimated 45 minutes before their help arrived from Port Macquarie.
Sgt Stafford arrived and checked the man. He determined that although the man was still warm, he wasn't breathing and had no pulse.
Sgt Stafford rolled the man on to his back and started performing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Sen Const Bamford took over External Cardiac Compressions (ECC) as the Sergeant started Expired Air Resuscitation (EAR).
Both police officers switched between performing ECC and EAR.
By this stage a crowd had bothered to watch the unfolding situation and Ambulance officers arrived while the pair continued CPR.
The man was placed in ambulance with Sgt Stafford still performing compressions while Sen Const Bamford gave a police escort for the ambulance to Kempsey District Hospital.