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Honours for PCSOs and public who tried to rescue drowning man

Four people have been honoured for bravely trying to save a man found drowning in a Wednesfield canal.

Sharon Dixon spotted a man falling headfirst into the canal on 10 July last year and, with the help of another passer-by Joseph Argyle, managed to pull him onto the towpath.

He was unconscious and had stopped breathing so they called for an ambulance and began CPR.

PCSO's Kerrigan and Smith received their awards alongside Sharon at ceremony on 13 June.

PCSO’s Ian Kerrigan and Simon Smith were patrolling the area at the time. They witnessed the events unfold and rushed to help. The officers, who are trained in life-saving techniques, took over CPR until the ambulance arrived.

The doctor in charge stated that the only reason the man was alive when he arrived at hospital was thanks to the quick response from Sharon and Joe in getting him out the water, and the CPR that followed.

Sadly the man later died, but was surrounded by friends and family at the time.

Sharon, Joe and the two PCSO’s have now been commended for their brave actions with Royal Humane Society and Chief Constables’ awards.

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