Police officers recommended for award for saving life of pensioner who had stroke while driving in Romford

PUBLISHED: 12:08 09 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:08 09 January 2018

Police officers helped save the life of a man who crashed after becoming ill at the wheel in Appleby Drive, Romford. Picture: Google

Police officers helped save the life of a man who crashed after becoming ill at the wheel in Appleby Drive, Romford. Picture: Google


Two police officers have been recommended for a commendation after they helped to save a man’s life after he suffered a stroke while driving.

Pc Gareth Harding and Pc Dan Gillard have been praised by London Ambulance Service (LAS) and the 80-year-old man’s family for their part in ensuring he remained stable before paramedics arrived at the scene.

Their acting police sergeant Mark Luxton has put the pair forward for a Commissioner’s Commendation.

He said: “The officers worked as a team to save the life of another, and in difficult circumstances to preserve life using their ELS (Emergency Life Support) skills to the best of the ability.

“LAS and the man’s family have praised the officers concerned for their efforts.”

The two officers were called to Appleby Drive, Romford, on October 29 to an incident where a car had crashed into a fence.

It soon became clear that the crash happened due to the driver having a stroke at the wheel.

Pc Gillard started CPR while Pc Harding grabbed the first aid kit and defibrillator from their car.

The officers continued with first aid until they realised he was breathing and placed him into the recovery position, keeping him under observation until paramedics arrived.

Pc Harding said: “We were just doing our job but I am glad that we managed to help him and his family who unfortunately had to witness it.

“I would also like to say well done to his daughter who started CPR on her father because that couldn’t have been easy.”

The 80-year-old was taken to hospital and placed on a life support machine but is now making a recovery.

BCU commander Jason Gwillim said: “I’m rightly proud of the officers that work in East Area, this is a real example of why officers join the service, it is to make a real difference.

“I am in no doubt that their quick thinking and training has meant that the subject of this incident has been given a real fighting change of a recovery, the officers did exceptionally well.”

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