A nurse and healthcare assistant from Scotland who helped a police officer thrown off his bike after a hit-and-run incident have been presented with an award recognising the contribution they made to saving his life.
The two nursing professionals, who work for terminal illness charity Marie Curie, were honoured at the Police Scotland Bravery and Meritorious Service Awards in Clackmannanshire on Wednesday.
Nurse Angela Morris and HCA Beverley Masson, both from Aberdeenshire, stopped to help the officer one night in October 2015 at around 1am after driving back from a visit to care for a terminally ill patient at home.
“It was a twist of fate that we found him and had the professional training to do as much as we could to help him. Anyone would have done the same”
They heard shouts from PC Ewan Simpson after stopping to investigate an abandoned car and realised he had been thrown from his motorbike following a hit-and-run.
They notified the emergency services and kept him calm and comfortable until help arrived.
Once the ambulance had taken the officer to hospital, Ms Morris went on to visit another family at their home that night, eventually finishing her shift at 7am.
The injuries PC Simpson sustained meant part of his leg had to be amputated and the driver of the car was later jailed.
Speaking on the night of the awards, which saw 36 police officers and 21 members of the public recognised, Police Scotland’s chief constable Phil Gormley said: “It is genuinely humbling to hear of the extraordinary lengths people have gone to, to help others.
“It is absolutely right we honour their bravery and show not only how proud we are of our police officers in Scotland, but also of members of the public who don’t hesitate to take action to help another person at what could be the most difficult time of that individual’s life.”
Ms Morris said she was honoured to have received the award but noted PC Simpson’s bravery.
“It is absolutely right we honour the bravery of members of the public who don’t hesitate to take action to help another person”
“It brings it home to you how fragile lives are and how quickly your world can be turned upside down. I am honoured to be receiving the award but think that PC Simpson is the brave one,” she said.
Ms Masson, who was working her first shift with Marie Curie on the night of the incident, said: “We could see he was in a really bad way, but of course we weren’t going to let him know that.
“It was a twist of fate that we found him and had the professional training to do as much as we could to help him. Anyone would have done the same. The emergency services really saved his life.”
Eamon O’Kane, Marie Curie divisional manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland, said: “I’m delighted that Angela and Beverley have received this award. It exemplifies the extraordinary care they and indeed their colleagues provide every time they visit a family at home.”
“Our nurses and healthcare assistants regularly work unseen by the wider community, often through the night, and the care and support they dedicate is vital to so many families living with a terminal illness.
“I hope too that this story serves as a reminder to anyone who thinks they or a terminally ill family member could benefit from Marie Curie to get in touch with their GP or district nurse,” he added.