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SPECIAL awards were made to a number of brave police officers and civilians at a commendation ceremony on Thursday night.

PC Anita Froomes and PC Adam Spires were commended for their investigation into a stolen motorbike which led to the arrest and subsequent conviction of a prolific and violent offender.

PC Sean Cook and PC Richard Armitage were hailed for their positive and courageous actions in saving the life of a man threatening to take his own life by jumping from a balcony. They grabbed him and pulled him to safety before he could do so.

PC Marc Brydon and PC Mark McKeown attempted to save the life of a victim who had been stabbed a number of times. The officers took turns to carry out CPR but unfortunately the victim could not be saved.

PC Mark Snoxell was rewarded for his actions, when off duty, which led to the capture, arrest and subsequent charge of a prolific burglar. His actions also led to stolen property being returned to a number of burglary victims including his neighbour.

The youngest of those commended was a seven-year-old boy who made a life saving 999 call after his mother collapsed at home. He went to the door and let the police officers in so they could help his mum.

PC Daniel Smith and PC Dave Huckle saved the life of a young girl who was threatening to jump from a bridge over the M1 motorway in Little Linford Lane, Newport Pagnell. They were able to grab her and pull her to safety before she jumped.

Special Constable Chris Dougherty tried to save a man’s life after he collapsed and stopped breathing in a shop in Milton Keynes. He carried out chest compressions on the man for at least 30 minutes including in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. The man did start breathing again thanks to the officers actions but later died of his condition.

PC Chris Downs chased down a suspect who turned and threatened him with what was believed to be a handgun. PC Downs continued to chase the suspect and direct the armed response team to where the suspect was heading. The armed officers were able to track down the victim, arrest him and seize the weapon which turned out to be a BB gun. As a result the offender was charged with firearms offences.

Acting Chief Supt Nikki Ross said: “I am as always extremely proud and humbled by the number of police officers and staff who go above and beyond what is expected of them to protect the public. As well as the uniformed police officers you see on the frontline, I also recognised the work of our extended police family which includes the Special Constabulary and the dedicated teams of police staff, all working together to keep Milton Keynes safe.”