Off-duty police officer commended by Chief Constable for saving life

PUBLISHED: 16:43 10 September 2015 | UPDATED: 16:43 10 September 2015

Kent Chief Constable Alan Pughsley (Pic: Ady Kerry)

Kent Chief Constable Alan Pughsley (Pic: Ady Kerry)

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Detective constable Rebecca Saunders is to be awarded at the chief constables award ceremony next week.

DC Saunders was off duty in Gravesend town centre earlier this year, when she discovered a woman struggling to breathe.

After summoning a nearby PCSO, and calling an ambulance, DC Saunders managed to provide first aid and establish the woman’s medical history, proving vital in saving her life.

The woman collapsed after the ambulance arrived, but DC Saunders and the arriving paramedic managed to successfully administer CPR on the patient.

Chief constable Alan Pughsley said “It is an honour to be able to recognise the professionalism and dedication of the officers receiving awards. I am proud to be able to commend the actions of those who have selflessly put themselves at risk to save the life of a stranger.”

The woman has since made a full recovery.

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