Hero PCSO Recognised after Saving Woman's Life

A Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) who heroically saved a woman’s life has been honoured at a ceremony held by Cleveland Police.

PCSO Perry O'Kane The ceremony, which was held on Friday evening, 16th November, at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough, recognises the hard work and dedication of officers, staff and members of the public who have gone the extra mile.

PCSO Perry O’Kane, from Stockton neighbourhood policing team, was on patrol in the Castlegate Shopping Centre in Stockton on Tuesday 30th January when he came across a woman who was choking.

He immediately administered first aid in an attempt to dislodge the blockage, conducting back blows and chest thrusts whilst managing to request assistance on his radio.

Perry managed to partially dislodge the blockage, allowing the woman to breathe again, albeit not to full capacity.

He remained with the woman until paramedics and other colleagues arrived, and then left her in the care of medical staff.

It has since transpired that the woman is diabetic and was about to become hypoglycaemic, which could have led to more serious consequences were it not for Perry’s efforts.

PCSO Perry O’Kane said: “I was really grateful to receive an award for helping the woman, and I am really pleased that she made a full recovery. I just saw this as doing my duty and I would do the same again should I ever come across another situation like this.”

Perry was praised at the ceremony for remaining calm, which allowed him to utilise his training with maximum effect.

The woman contacted Cleveland Police after the incident to express her gratitude.

** Photo below shows (L-R): Chief Constable Mike Veale, PCSO Perry O’Kane and Assistant Chief Officer Brian Thomas **