Police officers honoured for saving Yate man's life

Gazette Series: Chief Constable Colin Port and High Sheriff of Bristol Andrew Nisbet with PC Neil Forsyth and PC Nick Murrie after they were presented with their Royal Humane Society Awards Chief Constable Colin Port and High Sheriff of Bristol Andrew Nisbet with PC Neil Forsyth and PC Nick Murrie after they were presented with their Royal Humane Society Awards

TWO police officers who saved the life of a Yate man have been honoured for their actions. PCs Nick Murrie and Neil Forsyth were first on the scene when a woman reported her 55-year-old partner had a knife and was threatening to kill himself. The pair have been awarded a Royal Humane Society Award for their ‘prompt actions’ which saved the man’s life. At an awards ceremony at Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s headquarters in Portishead, South Gloucestershire district Superintendent Andy Williams said the man was estranged from his partner and was living with his mother. On the day he tried to commit suicide, July 21 2011, he was visiting his partner to talk to their 11-year-old son about his last day of primary school. "He had been drinking and was in a depressed mood," Supt Williams said. "He became threatening saying he would kill himself and his partner found he had already hung a noose upstairs. "He grabbed a kitchen knife and threatened to kill himself. She went to a neighbour's and called police." PC Murrie, based at Staple Hill Police Station, and PC Forsyth, a member of the force’s operations support group, were on patrol in Yate and arrived at the house within two minutes. PC Forsyth, 27, who has four years service, said: "I went upstairs and found him hanging from the loft. I shouted down to Nick and he grabbed the man and I cut him down. "Another two officers attended and as a group we carried out CPR." PC Murrie, 42, who has been a police officer for 18 years, said: "I remember thinking he was still warm. We go to a lot of sudden deaths and hangings but usually we get there past the point of recovery. Here it was worth doing the CPR because it had only just happened." The air ambulance was scrambled to the scene and four ambulances arrived. The man has since made a full recovery. The officers' citation read: "Thanks to the prompt actions of these officers the man survived the incident." At the awards ceremony last Thursday, Chief Constable Colin Port noted the poignancy of the event taking place on the same day as the funeral of PC Fiona Bone, one of two officers killed in the line of duty in Manchester. He said: "It is quite poignant we are here today celebrating success as opposed to the dreadful events which happened in Manchester." The High Sheriff of Bristol, Andrew Nisbet, added: "We must not forget the risks of frontline duties. "I would like to blow the trumpets of the police. This is a well-run, efficient and effective police force and we are very lucky to have it."

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