August 20 2014 Latest news:
Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Two police officers who saved a teenage girl from killing herself, seconds before she would have fallen unconscious, have received a special award.
Pc Shamima Begum and Pc Alastair Scott were awarded a Royal Humane Society Resuscitation Certificate at a ceremony held at Scotland Yard for saving the 17-year-old.
The award, presented by the Metropolitan Police Service’s Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, followed an incident which happened in 2012.
On that night, the constables received a call from a person concerned for a teenage girl’s safety.
After heading to the location, a first-floor flat in Chigwell, Pc Begum and Pc Scott knocked on the door but heard no response.
Deciding that the teenager may be at risk, Pc Scott used his baton to open the letterbox and broke into the flat after seeing movement.
He and Pc Begum then found the girl had attempted to hang herself.
Paramedics arrived and, according to a spokesman for Redbridge police, stated that the girl would have “only survived for another 20 seconds” if the constables had not intervened.
The teenager went on to make a full recovery.
Speaking after the ceremony, Pc Begum said: “For Pc Scott and I it was a normal late shift which turned out to be one we will never forget.
“We saved a life and for that I’m sincerely humbled and hope for a better life for the individual involved.
“Situations like this remind me of why I joined the Metropolitan Police Service and make the job I do every day worthwhile.”
Pc Scott said: “I felt good driving home that night knowing I’d done a good job and given a young lady who was at a low ebb another chance.
“I have spoken to her since and she has now qualified as a hairdresser and rents a flat with a friend.
“It makes me very proud to know that I have helped her.”
Redbridge police’s borough commander Det Ch Supt Sue Williams, who attended the ceremony, said she was “very proud” of the constables and that the certificate was a “well-deserved award for saving a young woman’s life”.