Awards for police officers after Broughty Ferry incident

TWO POLICE officers, Constable Lynsey McLarty and Constable Dean Morrison, were presented with the Chief Constable’s Certificate of Merit at a ceremony in Western Divisional Headquarters, Barrack Street, Perth, on Thursday evening.

The awards followed an incident in Brook Street, Broughty Ferry, in January of last year after an elderly man collapsed in his car.

Two members of the public, Mrs Wendy Bonar and Miss Grainne Haughey, were awarded the Tayside Police Meritorious Conduct Certificate but were unable to be present to receive their certificates.

The incident began after an elderly man collapsed outside the workplace of Mrs Bonar and Miss Haughey.

The man’s wife asked for assistance and, without hesitating, the two women went to help. They found the man sitting in the driver’s seat, slumped over the steering wheel and checked for signs of life, but found none.

Mrs Bonar and Miss Haughey were joined by an off-duty nurse and they lifted the man from his car, placed him on the pavement and began CPR.

They continued with this for several minutes until Constables McLarty and Morrison arrived and then the two officers took over and continued with the resuscitation attempt.

An ambulance crew attended and, although the man received further treatment, he sadly could not be revived.

The citation for the awards states that the prompt and public-spirited actions of Mrs Bonar and Miss Haughey and the professionalism displayed by Constables McLarty and Morrison ensured that the man was given the best possible chance of survival and this was greatly appreciated by his wife and family.