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Posted on 22:42:00 on 6th December 2018

Chief Constable Michelle Skeer

A number of officers, members of the public and medical personnel have been commended this evening (6 Dec) by the Chief Constable for their outstanding contributions to making Cumbria safer.

Exceptional bravery, courage and professionalism was recognised at the biannual ceremony, held this evening at the Roundthorn Hotel, outside Penrith.

Some of those commended included a Police Constable who tackled and disarmed a man carrying a blood-stained axe, members of the public who helped save the life of a man who had suffered a heart-attack at the wheel and a team of officers responsible for responding to and investigating the attempted murder of a woman in Kirkby Lonsdale, resulting in her attacker being sentenced to an indefinite hospital order.

Chief Constable Michelle Skeer said: “The actions of those commended this evening can only be described as inspirational.

“It is often said that the role of the emergency services is to run towards danger as everyone else is running away. Whilst tonight has shown clear evidence of our officer’s willingness to put themselves in harm’s way, it is also heart-warming to see so many examples of members of the public dropping whatever they are doing and coming to help in times of need.

“These ceremonies are a way for myself and the Constabulary to recognise and thank those who have behaved so exceptionally but they are also an opportunity to showcase the Cumbrian spirit. I’m sure everyone who attended the ceremony and who learns of the great work carried out will agree that this spirit remains alive and well.”

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall said: “I always feel incredibly humble to hear such stories of the selfless, brave actions of not just our officers, but others in the emergency services, and members of the public.   Those that are honoured tonight rightly deserve the recognition that their awards bring, and I would like to add my personal thanks to them all, for saving lives, helping people in their hour of need, and for going the extra mile to keep Cumbria safe.”

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