Police officer who saved stabbing victim from dying receives top honour

PS Mark Plitsch
PS Mark Plitsch
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A police officer who fought a life-and-death battle to save a stabbing victim from bleeding to death in a steet in March is to receive a top national life-saving honour.

PS Mark Plitsch, who won praise for his first aid ability from doctors - who later treated the victim - has been awarded a Royal Humane Society Certificate of commendation.

And on Friday (November 27) he also won the personal praise of Royal Humane Society secretary Dick Wilkinson as he announced the award at the society’s London headquarters.

The horror incident happened in Robin Goodfellows Lane, March, on the afternoon of September 19 last year.

PS Plitsch was one of the first to arrive at the scene after reports of violence.

He found a man who had abdominal injuries, from which he was bleeding heavily, and applied pressure to the wounds to stem the bleeding. He also applied a dressing to help with a lung injury the victim had received.

Mr Wilkinson said: “Thankfully he was on the scene swiftly and there is no doubt his action helped save this man’s life. He richly deserves the award he is to receive.”

He added that the doctor leading the helicopter medical team who collected the victim and took him to hospital had written to the Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire praising the high standard of first aid that was given.

No date has yet been fixed for presentation of the awards which have been made following a recommendation from Cambridgeshire police, but it is expected to take place in the near future.

The roots of the Royal Humane Society stretch back more than two centuries. Its president is Princess Alexandra and it is the premier national body for honouring bravery in the saving of human life.

It was founded in 1774 by two eminent medical men, William Hawes and Thomas Cogan. Their primary motive was to promote techniques of resuscitation.

However, as it emerged that numerous people were prepared to put their own lives at risk to save others, the awards scheme evolved, and today a variety of awards are made depending on the bravery involved.

The society also awards non-health care professionals who perform a successful resuscitation.

Since it was set up the society has considered over 86,000 cases and made over 200,000 awards. It is a registered charity which receives no public funding and is dependent on voluntary donations.