The life-saving actions of two police officers and two passing Good Samaritans have been formally recognised with Chief Constable’s commendations.

The drama behind the awards unfolded outside Workington Police Station on April 6, 2017, when a passing motorist suffered a suspected heart attack while at the wheel of his car.

His vehicle collided with a lamp post.

Passer-by Jonathan Sunter was first on the scene, along with police constable Scott Farmer, who was off-duty at the time.

Anthony Brown also stopped at the scene to help get the driver out of his car.

The motorist had stopped breathing.

PC Farmer gave the man CPR while asking Mr Sunter to run to the police station to get the defibrillator.

Police Constable Jamie Callon then arrived with the defibrillator and all four men helped to revive the driver until paramedics arrived and took over his treatment.

The driver arrived at hospital in a critical condition and was not expected to survive - yet he went on to make a full recovery.

The man later told the police officers involved that medical staff believe their swift intervention had saved his life.

The officers and members of the public have also been awarded certificates from the Royal Humane Society.

Chief Inspector Terry Bathgate said: “The calm but swift actions of the two officers and the members of the public were undoubtedly integral to the driver subsequently recovering.

“The two members of the public showed great courage in stopping at the scene to offer their assistance, which proved to be invaluable, whilst the actions of both of the Police Constables were a credit to the Constabulary.”