A woman started to choke in a shopping centre after suffering a diabetic blood sugar drop.
The incident happened in Stockton’s Castlegate Shopping Centre.
She started to gasp for breath when a police officer spotted her plight and moved to save her.
Police Community Support Officer, Perry O’Kane, was on patrol when he came across the ill woman.
The officer, from the Stockton Neighbourhood Policing Team, immediately started first aid to try and dislodge the blockage in her airway.
He then managed to carry out back blows and chest thrusts whilst calling for help on his radio.
He partially moved the blockage allowing the woman, who has not been named, to be able to breathe again – albeit not fully – whilst paramedics raced to the scene.
Officers later found out the woman was diabetic and was about to become hypoglycemic after her blood sugar level dropped – which could have led to more serious consequences were it not for his efforts.
Perry O’Kane, centre, with Chief Constable Mike Veale, Assistant Chief Officer Brian Thomas and his two awards (Image: Evening Gazette)
He has now been labelled a hero and received an award.
“I was really grateful to receive an award for helping the woman, and I am really pleased that she made a full recovery. I just saw this as doing my duty and I would do the same again should I ever come across another situation like this,” said PCSO O’Kane.
His life saving efforts were honoured at a ceremony held by Cleveland Police at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium recently which recognises the hard work and dedication of officers, staff and members of the public who have gone the extra mile.
PCSO O’ Kane was praised at the ceremony for remaining calm, using his training to maximum effect during the incident which happened last January.
The woman, who has not been named, contacted Cleveland Police after the incident to express her gratitude.