The courage of an off-duty police sergeant who provided vital assistance following a road traffic collision has been commended by Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer.
Sergeant Jon King, who is recovering after losing an eye in a shooting incident in Rugeley last year, received the award at Cannock Community Fire Station today [3 August] after he assisted paramedics and firefighters following a collision on July 2.
Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford praised the actions of Sergeant King and said: “Despite the trauma Sergeant King has recently experienced, he did not hesitate for a second when going to assist the motorist. His years of experience in the police force came to the fore and he was able to bring the traffic under control swiftly and safely.
“His actions are an absolute credit to him and there is no doubt that he was a huge source of comfort to the casualty at a time when he needed it most. It will be an honour to meet him and to award him a Certificate of Commendation.”
At the time of the incident Sgt King was travelling between junctions 11 and 10 on the M6 when a Mercedes collided with the back of an artic lorry, with the front of the car going underneath the HGV.
Sgt King immediately enlisted the help of other motorists to block traffic from going past the scene of the incident and called on a member of the public to divert vehicles along the slip road at Hilton Park services. He then dialled 999 before climbing into the Mercedes to check on the driver who had suffered serious injuries in the collision.
The officer from Staffordshire Police then comforted the man while he waited for firefighters and paramedics to arrive at the scene. He also supported the casualty’s head to try to prevent his injuries becoming more severe. He stayed with the driver while fire crews from Cannock and Penkridge removed the roof of the car so that the man could be released and treated by paramedics. The man was taken to hospital but sadly died the next day due to the injuries he had sustained in the collision.
Sergeant King, who has been in the police force for almost 27 years, said: “When I realised that there had been an accident, I knew that I had to help. I created a block, with the help of members of the public, so that vehicles were not driving past the scene of the collision and I called the emergency services. My next thought was that I needed to get to the casualty, so I climbed into the vehicle and started to talk to him and held his head to prevent further injury. I told him that he would be ok and that help was on its way which seemed to calm him down a bit.
“It was a very humbling experience to be able to offer support to the casualty, and was particularly poignant to me given the situation I found myself in with the shooting last year. The firefighters and paramedics were absolutely brilliant and I was glad that I was there to have been able to assist them. When I found out that I was to receive a commendation from the Chief Fire Officer I couldn’t believe it, it is wonderful to have been recognised in this way and I am very proud.”
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