West Mercia - gave vital first aid while keeping suspected attacker talking
PC Kimberley Morris
A new West Mercia PC has been nominated for a national Police Bravery Award for giving vital first aid while keeping the suspected attacker talking.
PC Kimberley Morris was in her second week of independent patrol when she was called to a report of a disturbance and assault.
PC Morris and a colleague arrived at the house, to be met with a blood-covered, hysterical woman on the driveway. The brickwork and doorframe outside the house had bloody handprints smeared on them and the woman was screaming that ‘he’ was dying. The woman assured PC Morris that she did not know who had assaulted the victim and that whomever it was had already left.
She entered the house and saw a blood-covered man slumped in an armchair, with another man kneeling before him also covered in blood, holding something up to a neck wound. Both men had clearly been drinking. The injured man in the chair was awake but kept losing consciousness.
PC Morris quickly deduced that the other man in the room was the offender and that the weapon was a herb cutter that lay on the floor in the kitchen. The victim had an eight inch gash along his neck and was suffering from an arterial bleed. She kept talking to the offender while she gave first aid to the victim, to keep the offender in sight and away from the weapon, while waiting for back up.
It was several minutes before support arrived and PC Morris told her colleagues she believed that the second man was the offender. He was arrested while she carried on giving first aid until the ambulance arrived.
PC Morris placed herself in considerable danger while she helped to save the life of the victim. She bravely entered the house alone and her actions resulted in the arrest of attacker - and most importantly helped to save the life of the victim.
Herb cutter used in the attack