Recognition for heroic officers who saved man’s life

Three Sudbury police officers who saved the life of a man hit by a train have been recognised for their quick thinking.

Pcs Gavin Goldfinch and Mel Hayward and Pcso Patricia Gibson were presented with commendation certificates from the British Transport Police at Blackfriars in London.

The officers had all responded to reports of a man – Jason Halliday, 46, from Great Cornard – being hit by a train at Ladybridge pedestrian crossing in Cornard Road, Sudbury, on May 6, 2012, at 9.45pm.

The commendation citation stated: “Pc Hayward administered initial first aid at the trackside. This meant the officers were working partly under a train and in the dark, with only minimal artificial lighting to assist.

“Pc Goldfinch used his medic skills to apply a tourniquet as the victim had a very serious arm injury.

“His quick thinking and calm professional actions played no small part in the man’s survival.”

Pc Gibson was recognised for ensuring Mr Halliday stayed conscious throughout.

Mr Halliday was taken to hospital by ambulance, but lost his arm. The incident was not treated as suspicious.

Inspector Paul Crick, local policing commander for Babergh, said: “I am extremely proud of the three officers involved who have received commendations for their actions on the night.

“I understand that this was a particularly traumatic incident and one where it would have been necessary for the officers to act quickly and calmly before further help arrived.”