Pair recognised for saving man's life after drug overdose in Bury St Edmunds
Top national life-saving awards were among those handed out at a Suffolk Police ceremony last Wednesday.
Nicola Boddey and Del Newman, who helped to save a man following a drug overdose in Bury St Edmunds, have been given Royal Humane Society certificates of commendation.
They were recognised alongside police officers and staff at a ceremony in Ipswich.
On February 7, Mr Newman, of the Probation Service, visited supported accommodation in Bury where an ex-offender was living. Receiving no answer at his flat, he searched the town centre for him and then called Mrs Boddey, at Havebury Housing Partnership, for a key.
They went there together and found the man lying on the floor unconscious and bleeding from a wound to his groin. His face was grey, his breathing laboured and he had a fast pulse.
Mr Newman recognised the signs of a drug overdose, found a needle in the man’s fist and then he and Mrs Boddey monitored him until paramedics arrived. The man went on to make a full recovery.
Andrew Chapman, secretary of the Royal Humane Society, said: "Thanks to their determination in searching for him he was found in time, treated and went on to make a full recovery. They both richly deserve the awards they are to receive. They saved his life."
Mrs Boddey, Tayfen House support co-ordinator, said: "In my time here I've had situations where people have overdosed and a lot of my colleagues have done exactly the same."
Two male police officers also received Royal Humane Society awards after preventing a vulnerable man from harming himself while at the junction of Newmarket Road and the A14, in Bury, in June 2018.
Meanwhile, Bury supermarket customer Simon Notley received a certificate of appreciation for his bravery in May, when he tackled a thief fleeing from a member of staff.
Others to receive long service and good conduct awards include Det Con Rachel Bullingham,of Bury safeguarding investigation unit; Det Sgt Sarah Elliott, who joined the force in 1998; Special Constable Andrew Catton, of Bury rural team, at Ixworth; Bury-based design out crime officer Jackie Norton; and Sgt Brian Calver of the rural crime team, Stowmarket.
Tim Passmore, Suffolk police and crime commissioner, said: "All the award recipients are to be congratulated and, quite rightly, recognised for their dedication and commitment way above the call of duty."