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Life saver Stuart wins recognition

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A police officer who helped save a man’s life in an incident at Henfield is among people recognised for their contribution for policing in West Sussex.

Sergeant Stuart McConachie went from his Horsham base to a reported assault in Henfield in April last year. He found a man in his mid-20s with a serious injury to his arm and immediately gave first aid. A qualified public order medic, he was able to apply a tourniquet and his actions both before and after the paramedics arrived helped save the man’s life.

On his Divisional Commendation, Sgt McConachie said: “It’s very humbling to be recognised in this way.

“I’m proud to have been nominated but just pleased that I was able to help. I think I’ve made my family proud too, which is nice.”

Sgt McConachie, now serving in Chichester, was among police officers, staff, special constables, volunteers and members of the local community from across West Sussex have all been recognised for their outstanding contribution in an awards ceremony at Arundel castle.

Presentations were awarded by the High Sheriff of West Sussex Mark Spofforth and temporary Deputy Chief Constable Robin Smith.

Officers recognised also included PC Amanda Phipps who received a Divisional Commendation for her quick thinking and actions which helped save a two-week-old baby.
Last August, a car was seen driving erratically in Crawley and was pulled over by PC Phipps and her colleague. Inside were a couple desperately seeking medical attention for their newborn child who had stopped breathing. PC Phipps administered CPR in the back seat while the family was taken to Crawley Hospital. The baby started breathing again en route and made a full recovery in East Surrey Hospital three days later.

Amanda said: “When I initially saw the baby I was very concerned that such a young child wasn’t breathing. I have two young children myself and it was a bit close to home.

“I thought I needed to do something and instinct just kicked in so I started carrying out rescues. When the baby made a noise and subsequently moved I thought that was a good sign but continued with the breaths until we got to the hospital.

“I just feel very honoured to have been nominated for this award.”

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