A QUICK-thinking St Helens policeman became a lifesaver when he raced to the rescue of a freezing man who had fallen and broken his leg badly in the snow.
Off-duty PC Alex Kean was driving along the East Lancs towards his Haresfinch home just before midnight last Friday when he spotted a man lying helpless in the snow on the central reservation.
The 57-year-old casualty had suffered a badly broken leg after falling in the snow and had been stranded near the Game Bird pub, in sub zero temperatures, for about half an hour in heavy snowfall.
PC Kean, 23, who has worked for Merseyside Police for three years, helped carry the man to the safety of the roadside pavement before calling for both an ambulance and extra police help.
He also covered the injured man with a blanket and towels that he had in his car as part of an emergency kit.
A short while later two of PC Kean’s colleagues, PCs Kate Lamb, 40, and Paul Ford, 43, arrived at the scene to help out.
Realising that the man was in danger of suffering hypothermia, they took off their coats and took it in turns to lie with him and impart body heat until the ambulance arrived an hour later.
The casualty was taken to Fazakerley Hospital for treatment for hypothermia and a compound leg fracture.
And the quick-thinking actions of PC Kean and his colleagues has since drawn praise from Merseyside Police Chief Constable Jon Murphy.
He said: “These three officers are a credit to the force. The weather conditions on Friday night were appalling and their quick-thinking and selfless actions probably saved this man’s life.
“This man could have been camouflaged very quickly by the heavy snowfall and it could have been much more serious if the off-duty officer hadn’t spotted him.
“I am very proud of my officers and staff, who provide a first-class service every day, and the actions of these officers are testimony to the service we provide.”