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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.

Nicola Boddey reciving her award (19901472)
Nicola Boddey reciving her award (19901472)

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."

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