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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

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Award for Cumbrian man who helped save boy's life

A north Cumbrian man has been recognised for helping to save the life of boy seriously hurt after falling off his bike.

Humane Society award photo
Chris Tomlinson receives his award from Lord Lieutenant Claire Hensman

Christopher Tomlinson, from Long Marton, near Penrith and James Taylor, from Harlow, Essex, stepped in when they found the 15-year-old on the A592 at Kirkstone Pass on August 7 last year.

They provided basic first aid to Jack Pollock, of Glenridding, keeping him warm, his airway open and tried to stop the bleeding.

The youngster was airlifted to the Royal Preston Hospital and then transferred to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in a critical condition.

Jack returned home on September 19 after spending five weeks at the Manchester hospital and five days at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

The men have now been recognised by the Royal Humane Society for their efforts.

Jack’s mother Helen Beaty said: “We continue to thank James and Chris for the first aid care and support provided at the scene.

"We also thank members of the public, Cumbria police, Cumbria Ambulance service, the Great North Air Ambulance Service and staff at all the hospitals where Jack has received treatment.”

Sergeant Ben Swinson, who investigated the incident, said the first aid provided by Mr Taylor and Mr Tomlinson had contributed to Jack’s recovery.

Mr Tomlinson, who received his award from Lord Lieutenant Claire Hensman last Thursday, said: “I am proud to receive the award but there really is no better reward than to see Jack in such good health.”

Mr Taylor was unable to attend the ceremony.


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