A QUICK thinking officer has received a Chief Constable’s Commendation after he saved three lives – in less than three months.

Northumbria Police’s PCSO David Atchinson who covers Blyth, first leapt into action in January 2018 when he spotted a distraught youngster that had started choking on a sandwich. Without skipping a beat, began to administer first aid at the Subway store in Blyth and was able to dislodge the food from his throat.

Five weeks later he was on patrol on Waterloo Road in the Northumberland town when a two-year-old girl began choking on a sweet.

Thankfully, it turned out lightening really can strike twice as he was again able to clear the child’s throat. Then the quick thinking PCSO was once again on patrol on Waterloo Road when a woman went into a seizure and he was the first on scene.

He administered first aid and stayed with the woman until paramedics arrived.