National life-saving awards will be given to quick-thinking cops

Thanks: PCs Lisa McDonald and Ash Hussain with Mr Taylor's family
Thanks: PCs Lisa McDonald and Ash Hussain with Mr Taylor's family

NATIONAL awards are being presented to two Calderdale police officers who saved a man’s life.

PC Ash Hussain and PC Lisa McDonald from the Upper Valley neighbourhood policing team, have been chosen to receive Royal Humane Society Resuscitation Certificates.

The quick-thinking pair were on patrol in Todmorden town centre in October last year when they found 58-year-old John Taylor collapsed in the bus station, not breathing.

The officers put him into a recovery position and offered first aid until paramedics arrived.

The paramedics said Mr Taylor had collapsed into a position which prevented him breathing.

They said if the PCs had not acted so quickly, he would have died.

Inspector Dave Browning, who leads the team, praised the officers and said he was really proud of them.

As reported by the Courier, Mr Taylor and his family are originally from Todmorden but now live in Northern Ireland and had returned to the town to visit friends.

Mr Taylor’s wife Susan, son Graeme, and brother-in-law Michael Clarkson visited the officers to thank them for their help.

Mrs Taylor said: “The two officers were absolutely marvellous. They spotted John and went straight to him, and if they hadn’t done what they did I don’t think he’d be here today.

“They really saved the day.”

The Upper Valley neighbourhood policing team and other teams for the rest of the district can be contact by calling 101.