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Brave police officer praised for saving man’s life

PrintAn officer from West Yorkshire Police has been praised for his bravery after pulling a man from a burning vehicle and potentially saving his life.

PC Mick Garner, a roads policing officer, rescued a young man from his car following a serious collision and kept him alive until medical help arrived.

PC Garner “put his own safety aside” to care for the motorist, a senior officer has said. He was praised for his quick-thinking actions after rushing to help the man – thought to be in his twenties – out of a burning vehicle. He had been on patrol on the M62 between Brighouse and Ainley Top and was the first officer on the scene.

The motorist’s Peugeot 307 collided with the central reservation and flipped on to its roof shortly after 11pm on Wednesday, 11 June. The vehicle was already ablaze when the roads policing officer pulled the driver and sole occupant out of the car. He stayed with the man and gave initial first aid before the arrival of paramedics.

The driver was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary where he is receiving treatment for serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Ch Supt Dickie Whitehead said: “The actions of this officer in putting his own safety aside to rescue the driver from a burning vehicle may well have saved the man’s life.

“Being a police officer is a unique role with officers quite often having to make split second decisions in challenging situations. This incident is just one example of the bravery and dedication shown on a daily basis by our officers across West Yorkshire to keep our communities safe.”

Nick Smart, chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation, said: “Mick is an unsung hero doing an exemplary job. He put his life in danger to save others. This is what policing is all about.”

Date posted: June 19, 2014

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