A DENBIGHSHIRE woman has been given an award after saving a man's life by holding tea towels to a life-threatening wound to his neck.
PC Kimberley Morris, 26, originally from Rhewl, had been a police officer for just two weeks when she was called to the assault in Hereford.
When she arrived she found a 60-year-old man with a severe, life threatening neck injury.
The man had received a wound 20cm long which had cut through the muscle and exposed his jugular.
Even though the suspected assailant was still in the room, PC Morris immediately administered first aid, finding tea towels and blankets to stem the bleeding, and in doing so put herself in a potentially dangerous situation.
With a colleague she accompanied the injured man to hospital and stayed there for a further eight hours.
“The awards ceremony was lovely, I’m seven months pregnant and the baby did get a mention as I was coming off the stage in the town hall.
“Mum and dad were all very proud to see me pickup the award although they weren't proud at the time it happened, my dad was a bit worried,” PC Morris said.
“It's the ony thing about being so far away really, they don't get to hear about it unless it's life and death.
Kimberley says jumping in to help save someone’s life like this was why she joined the police.
She continued: “There was the potential to save a life really, and that's what I set out to do when I joined the Police.
“If I could help him I was going to help him even though it was obviously a bit of a difficult situation as the suspect was in the room as well.
“I'm just coming up to two years with West Mercia Police. When this happened I hadn't been with the Police long; I'd had my training for 16 weeks, then you get ten weeks with a tutor and it was two weeks after I’d started independent policing.
“The assailant was given a nine year sentence.”
PC Morris was nominated for a Royal Humane Society award which was presented at a ceremony at Hereford Town Hall in February by the Chief Constable of West Mercia Police, Anthony Bangham. Kimberley also received a Chief Constable's Commendation.
She said she’d been hoping to join the Police for some time.
“I'd always wanted to be a police officer since school,“ she said.
“At the time when I was ready to join the Police, there weren't many forces looking to recruit. West Mercia was recruiting and I'd always said I'd move wherever the job was, and that's what I did.”
Her mum, Paula Morris said: “We went to the awards and you don't realise until you hear them standing there on the stage saying and explaining what Kimberley had done.
“We're so very proud, her older brother has just started working in the new prison near Wrexham as well, we're very proud of the both of them.”