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Aylesbury PC awarded for bravery after saving man hit by train

Aylesbury PC awarded for bravery after saving man hit by train

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 5:40am 28th February 2019.

An Aylesbury police officer who saved a man's life who was hit by a train at Stoke Mandeville has won a Thames Valley Police Federation Bravery Award.

PC Graham Gray, who had only recently passed a medical course, arrived on the scene at Stoke Mandeville Train Station in February last year to find the man still under the train and suffering a life-threatening bleed, having lost his left leg in the collision.

Assessing the situation quickly, PC Gray got onto the tracks and in his words got “straight under the train” and started to administer first aid.

Aylesbury PC awarded for bravery after saving man hit by train
PC Graham Gray is based at Aylesbury police station

He tied two tourniquets and provided him with oxygen – which were in his police car - to try and help him deal with the huge loss of blood he was suffering.

PC Gray stayed with the man until the ambulance crew arrived and he helped them treat the man and to get him back onto the platform and to hospital.

South Central Ambulance Service’s Silver Commander said PC Gray saved the man’s life, but for PC Gray it was just a case of adrenaline taking over and doing the best job he could in horrific circumstances.

He said:

“I can’t really remember what was going through my mind when I reached the incident.” 

“Literally you just put all your training into it. The training we get is immense - it’s probably one of the best training that we get, it was just a case of you do what you do, preservation of life, get under the train and make sure you save his life.”

PC Gray added he was ‘honoured and overwhelmed’ to win a Thames Valley Police Federation Bravery Award.

He added:

“I wasn’t expecting it. It’s kind of part and parcel of the job that we do. When you take your oath… it’s preservation of life – it’s what you’re trained to do so. I feel quite honoured.”

Thames Valley Police Federation Chairman Craig O’Leary said PC Gray had displayed exemplary police work and bravery in jumping under the train to save a life:

“We are all incredibly proud of what PC Gray did that day. His quick-thinking actions, at what must have been a quite horrific and traumatising scene, epitomises what Thames Valley Police officers are all about.

“He saved this man’s life and very much deserves to win a bravery award.”

PC Gray will attend an Awards Ceremony in the Thames Valley Policing area today (28th Feb) where an overall winner will be announced.

The awards are in association with JRM Mortgage Solutions and the hashtag for the event is #TVPFedBravery.

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