Officers save man’s life after second floor window fall

Cumbria cops faced a late night life-and-death battle to save a man who had fallen from an upstairs window.

A man in Botchergate, Carlisle, lost his balance and fell 10 metres from a second-floor window onto the street below in the early hours of the morning.

PCs David Styth and Martin Shaw were first on the scene and found the man lying unconscious. PC Kurt Muller, a trained police medic arrived and as they checked the man’s airway and pulse he stopped breathing and his pulse stopped.

PC Shaw began administering CPR while PC Muller called for a defibrillator. When this arrived he administered shocks while PC Shaw carried on with CPR. PC Muller then took over the CPR and the man began to breathe again.

Suspecting that the man had received a pelvic fracture in the fall, PC Styth held the man still while PCs Muller and Shaw applied a pelvic binder and neck collar to him and administered oxygen.

Thanks to their efforts the man has gone on to recover and the three officers have each been awarded Royal Humane Society Resuscitation Certificates.

Andrew Chapman, Secretary of the Royal Humane Society said: “Without their swift response the man would certainly have died. Thankfully they were in the right place at the right time and knew exactly what to do. They richly deserve the awards they are to receive.”

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