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Rookie PSNI officer injured during rescue of 103-year-old woman

'I knew she was in there and I knew I had to get in, fast'

By Claire Williamson

Published 28/07/2016

The PSNI officer required stitches for his wounds.
The PSNI officer required stitches for his wounds.

A PSNI rookie cop required stitches after he smashed a glass door to rescue a 103-year-old woman who had fallen.

Officers in Craigavon received a call from a concerned carer to say one of the ladies he would regularly visit for his work was not answering the door and there was no sign of movement inside.

The PSNI recruit, who had not been trained in "method of entry" rushed to the scene. Faced with a glass door, he made the call whether to cut his leg or his arm in the rescue.

Posting on the PSNI Craigavon Facebook page, officers said: "He could hear faint groaning coming from inside so knew something wasn't right. In an absence of things lying around, and with an almost fully glass door it was either cut his leg or cut his arm. He chose arm."

Paramedics were called to check over the lady who had fallen several hours earlier. She was ok and officers said she was a "remarkably resilient lady".

The PSNI officer however required several stitches to wounds on his forearm and wrist.

"His hand is doing a weird twitchy nerve thing which is freaking him out a bit, but he'll be OK," an officer said.

"When I asked him was there nothing else he could have done he shrugged and said, 'I knew she was in there and I knew I had to get in, fast'.

"I'll be buying that lad a pint next time we're out."

The officer added: "A big shout out to one of our colleagues who gave initial first aid, our colleagues in Northern Ireland Ambulance Service who got him patched up at the scene, and the ever caring and attentive NHS staff who got him sewn back together. His only complaint was that he didn't get one of those "I've been a brave boy" stickers.

"This is also a timely reminder to look after your friends, relatives and neighbours. Look out for each other."

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