First aider saves stabbed policeman
A quick thinking volunteer from
Derbyshire gave life saving treatment to an off-duty
police officer who was stabbed as he tried to break up a
A man was stabbed repeatedly in the chest and arm on Thursday 18
September after identifying himself as a police officer in order to
stop the fight between a group of people in Church Street in
The first aid volunteer, former Dronfield Divisional
Superintendent Sybil Naylor, had been in a shop nearby when she
heard screaming and someone shout that the officer had been
She immediately rushed to the scene,
identifying herself as a first aider to see if she could help
the police officers and shop assistants that were with him.
Using lifelong first aid skills and
improvising with materials to hand she applied numerous makeshift
dressings to stem the heavy bleeding, and as his condition
deteriorated treated him for shock.
This volunteer is to be congratulated for her efforts, which could well have made the difference between life and death for her patient.
Commissioner Operations, Derbyshire St John Ambulance
Taking control of the situation she asked
police officers to phone again for urgent paramedic assistance,
sent a message to the local doctors’ surgery for them to come to
help and calmly reassured her patient and the attending police
officers. She maintained pressure on the wounds to stem the
bleeding until doctors and paramedics arrived. He was taken to
Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospital.
Clive Dennis, Commissioner Operations for
Derbyshire St John Ambulance, has praised the efforts of Sybil
Naylor, saying: ‘Part of first aid training is about using your
initiative to improvise if you have no first aid kit to hand. This
is a perfect example of first aid in action when it is most needed.
This volunteer is to be congratulated for her efforts, which could
well have made the difference between life and death for her