September 29, 2017 5.01 pm This story is over 48 months old

PC and woman recognised for saving Lincoln man’s life following drug overdose

“I am very proud to receive the award but I was just doing my job.”

PC James Bateman and Leanne Broxholme have been awarded a Certificate of Commendation from Head of Crime T/D Chief Supt Chris Davison, after saving a man’s life in Lincoln.

The award comes as a result of their part in helping to save the life of a man who they were visiting as a client of the ARC (Assisting Rehabilitation through Collaboration) project.

James, along with Leanne from Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) were visiting a Lincoln premises when they were alerted to a man who was clearly very ill, suffering the potentially fatal effects of a heroin overdose.

T/D Chief Supt Chris Davison with PC James Bateman

James was described as “a calming influence” throughout, providing emergency first aid and keeping the patient calm.

James said: “I am very proud to receive the award but I was just doing my job. You don’t think about it at the time as being anything above or beyond but it is really nice to have this acknowledgement.”

T/D Chief Supt Chris Davison added: “The work of the ARC team puts them straight into the lives of the offenders in Lincolnshire with the most chaotic of lifestyles.

T/D Chief Supt Chris Davison with Leanne Broxholme

“On this occasion, it was only the tenacity and care of James and Leanne that led them to try and find the client, and when they did, it was their swift and decisive action that made sure that he survived.

“Whilst the work of James, Leanne and the others is rarely in the spotlight, ARC has reduced the re-offending rate of their cohort by 69%, improving the lives of the public, with far fewer victims, but also the lives of the clients, their friends and importantly, their families.

“I couldn’t be more proud of James and Leanne not only for this outstanding incident, but also for their ongoing commitment to making Lincolnshire a safer place.”

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