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Hero officers fended off aggressive dog to save man's life

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He was rescued with only seconds to spare.

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Sergeant Mark Shepherd on duty

Three police officers entered a house and faced down an aggressive Alsatian to save a man's life are to receive awards.

Sgt Mark Shepherd and PC Michael LeFevre were first on the scene after being called to a house where the man who was believed to want to take his own life had locked himself in.

The officers managed to barge their way into the home and within seconds they heard the man jump from a stool with a cord around his neck.

Sgt Shepherd acted quickly and picked up the man's body to take the pressure off his neck.

PC LeFevre took over supporting the man’s weight and Sgt Shepherd ran to the kitchen, grabbing a knife so the man could be cut down.

But Sgt Shepherd was confronted by a very large and aggressive Alsatian so had to use a kitchen stool to create distance between them.

They managed to get the man breathing and put him in the recovery position until an ambulance arrived.

He was later detained under the Mental Health Act.

Sgt Shepherd is now set to receive a Royal Humane Society Testimonial on parchment, and PC LeFevre, along with their colleague PC Steve Godden are to receive a certificates of commendation from the organisation.

Sgt Shepherd told Police Oracle: “We experience a lot of attempted suicides but this is the first one where we’ve had to act in seconds. The adrenaline kicks in and you have to act fast.”

The officers were sent a letter afterwards by the man’s wife thanking them, Sgt Shepherd added: “In a weird way I felt a bit embarrassed when I heard I received the award, but it’s nice to be recognised.

“We never expect awards, we’re just doing the job and it’s what we signed up for. It feels good and I would do it all over again if I had the chance.”

Dick Wilkinson, secretary of the Royal Humane Society, said: “There is little doubt that, but for the swift action of these three officers, the man would have died.

“They were on the scene rapidly, they broke in, found him. It was made even more difficult by the presence of the dog. Thankfully though they managed and he survived.

“They richly deserve the awards that have been made to them.”

The Royal Humane Society is a 200-year-old charity that grants awards for acts of bravery in the saving of human life and, also, for the restoration of life by resuscitation.

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