Awards for Chester-le-Street PCs who saved suicidal man - who's now getting help

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PC Christopher Seymour, Sgt Alex Gibson and PC Kersha Russell at Chester-le-Street Police Station Picture: DURHAM CONSTABULARY
PC Christopher Seymour, Sgt Alex Gibson and PC Kersha Russell at Chester-le-Street Police Station Picture: DURHAM CONSTABULARY

TWO police officers who saved the life of a suicidal young man have won an award for their heroics – and the man is now getting support for his mental health.

PC Kersha Russell and PC Christopher Seymour, from Chester-le-Street Response team, have officially been recognised for coming to the aid of a man desperately wanting to end his life.

Officers were dispatched to the area following the distressing call made to the force control room from the man, who repeatedly told the call handler he was going to take his own life.

The call dispatcher kept the man on the line for ten minutes whilst gathering as much information as possible to identify his exact location.

On arrival, officers swiftly located the man, who had stopped breathing, within a football ground.

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PCs Russell and Seymour began CPR immediately, and the officers managed to regain his pulse.

They stayed with him, providing reassurance, until colleagues arrived and took over.

Following the incident, the officers were presented with a Royal Humane Award by Sergeant Alex Gibson.

Sgt Gibson, from Chester-le-Street Response, said: “This was a traumatic incident for both the young man, officers involved and the call handler.

“Their swift response was vital in getting to the man, coming to his aid and ultimately saving his life.

“This award is so very deserved and I, along with the whole of the force, are so proud of their actions – a very well done to them.”

The man made a full physical recovery and is now receiving support for his mental health.

Whatever you're going through you can call UK suicide reduction charity Samaritans free any time, from any phone, on 116-123.

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