CCA Commendations

York Minster Police:

Constable 907 Adam Rickers:
Adam received a CCA commendation for his part in saving the life of a man who had climbed onto the Minster roof intending to do significant harm to himself. 
Without Adam's fearless action, putting his own life at risk in the course of the incident, the outcome could have resulted in a tragedy.

Constable 902 Bev Martin: Bev received a CCA commendation for the professional and brave way that she dealt with a violent male at the Minster, thereby ensuring the safety of visitors.

Canterbury Cathedral:

Inspector Jim Morley:
Jim Morley received a CCA commendation for his part in saving the life of a young woman who had climbed 250ft of scaffolding at the Cathedral. The young woman was in a very distraught state. Jim and his colleague Mark Hosey managed to grab the young woman and pull her to safety. Without Jim's and Mark's fearless action, putting their own life at risk in the course of the incident, the outcome could have resulted in a tragedy.

Chester Cathedral Constables

Sam Jones: At 20:39 on the 11th May 2017, while off duty, Cathedral Constable 1201 Sam Jones answered his front door.  He found a young man who frantically explained that there was someone hanging from the gates of the Abbey Steps. Without hesitation, taking a City Link radio with him, Sam ran bare footed up Abbey Street, at the same time calling for assistance on the radio.

Upon his arrival at the scene Sam noticed several people in a state of distress. As he approached the steps he saw that a male was hanging. Sam was professional throughout, securing the scene and liaising with the emergency services. This was the second suicide at Chester Cathedral that Sam has dealt with. In 2011 a male committed suicide in the Dean’s field.For his immediate actions while off duty and, his professional dedication in difficult circumstances, Cathedral Constable 1201 Sam Jones is commended. This commendation is awarded jointly by the Chapter of Chester Cathedral and the Leaders’ Council of the Cathedral Constables’ Association.

Liverpool Cathedral Constables

Les McKenna and Steve Pasztak: 
On the evening of 23rd April 2003 at approximately 18:30, a report was received from a frightened student that a youth had broken into their campus house and was threatening them with a BBQ fork.  

Les and his colleague Steve Pasztak upon arrival entered the house and found the youth. He was in a disturbed violent state and immediately threatened the constables with the BBQ fork, attempting to stab the officers. Les and Steve managed to subdue the youth and restrain him until the arrival of the police. Searching the youth he was found to have a large knife strapped to his leg. 

It later transpired that the youth was wanted by the police for an attempted murder earlier the same day in the city. Les and Steve are commended for the courage and professionalism displayed during this incident.

Canterbury Cathedral Close Constables: 

Victor Stevens : On Thursday 1 December 2011 at approximately 6pm, Warden Victor Stevens who was returning back to Christchurch security office when he was approached by two members of the public with a man who had deliberately cut his left wrist whilst in the Cloisters.  

Victor immediately took charge of the situation administering first aid by raising his arm to reduce the flow of blood from the laceration to his wrist and then called for assistance and an ambulance.  Victor noticed that the man had a knife, which he removed from him and whilst calming the man down and attempting to ascertain some more information about him, Victor discovered that he had a further to knives in his possession which again he removed to prevent further harm to either himself or others.

Both the Police and ambulance arrived and took the man to hospital, it was later confirmed that the man had a previous history of suicidal tendency and that his intensions were to take his life at Canterbury Cathedral.

Throughout the whole incident, Victor remained calm and in control of the situation.  It is to his credit that he was able to disarm the man to prevent any further injury to either members of the public around him, or himself.   

Victor displayed great initiative and acted in a thoroughly professional manner.  He should be commended for his quick reactions in not only saving the man’s life, but also having to disarm him also.

Timothy Sharp: At approximately 21.40pm On Sunday 4 December 2011.   Warden Timothy Sharp was carrying out his duties as night time patrolman and was checking the rear of the Workshop area, when he noticed a figure or shape of a person hanging from the top of the steps leading to the carpenter’s workshops at the rear of No8 the Precincts.  He went to closer to investigate and discovered a man hanging by his neck who was still conscious.  Timothy immediately took charge of the situation and supported the man’s legs to prevent the rope from constricting his airways.  Whilst still supporting and holding the man’s legs, Timothy was able to request assistants from his colleagues and who radioed through to City Watch requesting Police and an ambulance. 

Timothy remained at his post, supporting the man until the Police and ambulance crews arrived and the rope removed from the man’s neck and his life no longer in danger.  

Throughout the whole incident, Timothy showed great professionalism, initiative and strength and it was due to his actions that a troubled man’s life was saved.  In addition these actions also prevented a great deal of negative publicity for the Cathedral.


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