PC who rescued teenager from pond in Vassalls Park wins bravery award

May 29 2022
PC who rescued teenager from pond in Vassalls Park wins bravery award

A POLICE officer who helped save the life of a teenager found in a pond at Vassalls Park has been given a national bravery award.

PC Adam Jones was one of nine officers involved in the rescue of a 19-year-old man who was found in the water at the Oldbury Court estate on a cold night in December 2020, after a call raising concerns for his welfare.

Calling on his local knowledge to find the pond, PC Jones and a colleague were first on the scene, finding the student in the dark and dragging him out of the muddy water.

By that time the teenager had stopped breathing and PC Jones immediately started CPR to revive him, carrying on until an ambulance crew arrived.

He said: "It goes to show that it’s vital that police are trained in first aid, as we are often the first on scene.

“Paramedics arrived soon afterwards but if we hadn’t got to him in time and performed CPR, I’m not sure he’d still be with us.”

Police tactical support officers arrived with a defibrillator and helped the ambulance service with continued CPR on the man for almost an hour, before helping to get him to hospital.

PC Jones and his colleagues have received the Royal Humane Society Award, for acts of bravery while saving or attempting to save a human life.

Avon and Somerset police said the man’s life had been saved "as a direct result of the officers’ outstanding actions".

The awards were presented at a ceremony attended by chief constable Sarah Crew, police and crime commissioner Mark Shelford and High Sheriff of Bristol Jennifer Duke.

Ms Crew said: “These awards provide an important opportunity to recognise and celebrate exceptional investigative work, outstanding dedication to duty and extraordinary acts of bravery.

“The stories behind the awards are simply inspiring. At the heart of policing is a desire to make a difference and it is clear that our winners have gone above and beyond to do exactly that. I am proud to work alongside them.”

PC Jones said: "I was updated a few months after the incident that the young man had recovered well.

"It was lovely to receive recognition for the work we do and for saving someone's life and I am delighted that he is doing okay."

PC Jones, who says he has wanted to be in the police since he was 14, added: "I honestly look forward to going to work every day and I feel very lucky that I get to investigate crime, help others and sometimes save lives for a living."

Picture: PC Adam Jones with PCC Mark Shelford, High Sheriff of Bristol Jennifer Duke and Chief Constable Sarah Crew