A St Albans police officer has been honoured a national award after saving a woman’s life who suffered a heart attack after an accidental drug overdose.
On October 14 of last year, Special Constable Rob Dawes was flagged down in London Colney high street to help a 19-year-old woman.
SC Dawes questioned the teen until he managed to find out what drug she had taken until paramedics came to take her to hospital, where in the ambulance, she suffered a heart attack.
SC Dawes was able to tell the ambulance crew what she had taken which enabled them to treat her accordingly and resuscitate her.
Hospital staff later admitted that the teen, who has since recovered from her ordeal, would have died if SC Dawes had not found out what sort of drugs were involved.
He has since been awarded a Royal Humane Society Certificate of Commendation for saving her life and won the personal praise of the society’s secretary, Andrew Chapman.
As he announced the award at the Society’s London headquarters Society Secretary, Andrew Chapman said: “This was a life and death situation. And it is only thanks to the quick-thinking SC Dawes in realising at once that identification of the type of drug was essential and then his perseverance in continuing to question the woman until he got the answer, that she is alive today.
“He did a wonderful job and as a result a life was saved. He richly deserves the award he is to receive.”
Special Constable Rob Dawes said: “I’m hugely honoured and grateful to be given this award. Being a Special is a tremendously rewarding yet often challenging experience, with the opportunity to make a real difference to one’s local community.
“I’m very lucky to be working alongside a wonderful team of regular officers in St Albans and I continue to benefit greatly from their training and guidance.”