Police Federation

Awards nominee: Warwickshire

PC Andrew Dear

PC Andrew Dear

Hero cop takes weight of car to save trapped crash victim

PC Dear was first on the scene of a serious road traffic collision and went to help the most serious casualty, who was trapped between the roof of the upturned car and the road.

The car was ripped in half, with the top half of the man’s body ejected though the sunroof and he was trapped with a severe head injury. The wreckage of the car was leaking fuel and there was a real risk of a major fire or explosion.

Despite the situation, PC Dear scrambled under the roof of the car so that an airway could be maintained and to take some of the weight of the car on his back. The casualty was drifting in and out of consciousness and bleeding badly so PC Dear was constantly talking and reassuring him. There was a clear risk of the fuel catching fire, but PC Dear stayed with the casualty, which allowed a paramedic to secure an IV line and stem the bleeding.

The space that PC Dear crawled into without a second thought was around 10 inches high and the officer placed himself in a dangerous and life-threatening situation, refusing to leave the man and helping to save his life.

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