Officers 'saved man's life' during snow storm

THREE police officers have been praised for rescuing a man who suffered a compound leg fracture and hypothermia after falling on the East Lancs Road during Friday night's snow storm.

Off duty police officer, Constable Alex Kean, was driving home towards St Helens when he spotted a man lying in the snow on the central reservation, near to the Gamebird public house.

The 57-year-old had victim had fallen and suffered a horrific leg break. It is believed he had been lying in the snow for up to half an hour.

Constable Kean, who has been with the force for three years, stopped to help the man shortly before midnight.

Two other cars also pulled over and the drivers helped Constable Kean carry the man to the pavement before leaving.

Constable Kean then called an ambulance and colleagues in Knowsley for help.

He covered the injured man with a blanket and towels he had in his car as part of an emergency kit.

A short while later two of his colleagues, Constable Kate Lamb, 40, and Constable Paul Ford, 43, arrived to help.

As they waited in the heavy snow, the officers realised that the man was at risk of hypothermia and took off their coats.

They then took it in turn to lie with him and provide body heat until the ambulance arrived an hour later.

The 57-year-old injured man, who lives nearby, was taken to Fazakerley Hospital, where he is being treated.

Merseyside Police Chief Constable Jon Murphy, said: "These three officers are a credit to the force. The weather conditions on Friday night were appalling and their quick-thinking and selfless actions probably saved this man's life.

“This man could have been camouflaged very quickly by the heavy snowfall and it could have been much more serious if the off-duty officer hadn't spotted him.

"I am proud of my officers and staff, who provide a first class service every day, and the actions of these officers are testimony to the service we provide."

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6:36am Mon 28 Jan 13

Richard3 says...

The Snow has been a nightmare! Good to see some old fashioned Heroism.
The Snow has been a nightmare! Good to see some old fashioned Heroism. Richard3
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10:18pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Pineapple72 says...

Wow what a very lucky man
Wow what a very lucky man Pineapple72
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3:37am Tue 29 Jan 13

Robbob5 says...

Now this is probably one of the best storys ive ever read,A very lucky man and for those officers to lie with him is remarkable.They deserve a medal..welldone the St.Helens Star for publishing this!
Now this is probably one of the best storys ive ever read,A very lucky man and for those officers to lie with him is remarkable.They deserve a medal..welldone the St.Helens Star for publishing this! Robbob5
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2:01pm Tue 29 Jan 13

jimstevo says...

A fantastic effort from all concerned! I wonder how many people actually saw this man and never stopped to help?
These Officers do deserve Medals! Well Done!
A fantastic effort from all concerned! I wonder how many people actually saw this man and never stopped to help? These Officers do deserve Medals! Well Done! jimstevo
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1:13pm Wed 30 Jan 13

kjd161 says...

Well done to all concerned. The body heat given by those officers was probably crucial to this man's survival. Well done all posters too. I was very pleasantly surprised not to read some sarcastic and spiteful comments by some of the usual suspects who post on here, with never anything but derogatory remarks.
Good story.
Well done to all concerned. The body heat given by those officers was probably crucial to this man's survival. Well done all posters too. I was very pleasantly surprised not to read some sarcastic and spiteful comments by some of the usual suspects who post on here, with never anything but derogatory remarks. Good story. kjd161
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7:50pm Wed 30 Jan 13

saintsfan says...

I thought this was a tremendous story. Well done to the police officers concerned for going the extra mile or two to save this man's life. So fortunate that he was spotted; the snow was certainly deep enough to cover him given enough time. What a great outcome in the end.
I thought this was a tremendous story. Well done to the police officers concerned for going the extra mile or two to save this man's life. So fortunate that he was spotted; the snow was certainly deep enough to cover him given enough time. What a great outcome in the end. saintsfan
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