Volunteers, police and members of the community were honoured in the Safer North Hampshire Community Safety Awards at a special ceremony at The Ark in Basingstoke.
Attendees gathered from across Basingstoke and Deane, Hart and Rushmoor to receive commendations for bravery, professionalism and volunteer work.
Among those honoured was Brodie Mauluka, a senior youth worker, based at the Friday Night Youth Club, at the Prospect Centre, Farnborough. His award was in recognition of his outstanding youth work and his personal contribution to improving the lives of young people.
Other volunteers honoured included Roy Sutton, the former Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for Hartley Wintney, in Hart, who recently stepped down after 30 years in the role.
His citation stated: “He has shown enthusiasm, dedication and personal commitment to the role, ensuring that Hartley Wintney residents help their local officers to prevent and deter crime. His support to the neighbourhood policing team has been outstanding.”
Two sisters from Rushmoor, Dawn and Diana Padwick, were also honoured for their work with Neighbourhood Watch. Acting as co-ordinators in the Rowhill area of Aldershot, they were responsible for increasing the membership in that area and of the ongoing excellent relationship with the Aldershot Neighbourhood Policing Team. They continue to support Neighbourhood Watch by working closely with the new housing development on Aldershot military land to bring Neighbourhood Watch to new communities.
Several police officers received honours, including Sgt Carl Holmes and Pc Kevin Massey for taking prompt and decisive action to save the life of a man in cardiac arrest. The police officers were called to Joices Yard in Basingstoke on March 13 last year, following a CCTV report that a man had collapsed and a member of the public was performing resuscitation.
Sgt Holmes immediately took over chest compressions from the member of the public, while a paramedic connected a defibrillator to administer a shock. Sgt Holmes continued compressions while the paramedic secured an airway, and Pc Massey cleared a sterile area providing both dignity for the casualty and a safe operating environment for his colleagues. A third shock to the heart by a second ambulance crew worked, and the man is now recovering.
Members of the public were also honoured in the awards, including a teenager who supported the emergency services at the scene of a road accident where a man had been seriously injured.
Teenager Jodie Webb was a passenger in a car when she saw a collision in Basingstoke between a cyclist and a pedestrian. Jodie, who was aged 13 at the time, jumped out of the car and went straight to the aid of the stricken cyclist who, due to the force of the collision, was lying unconscious on the ground. The award was given in recognition of Jodie’s unselfish and brave action on that day and the help that she gave to the injured cyclist who, due to her primary care, made a full recovery from his injuries.
Other people receiving awards included Kerry Hayman, Ian Farr and Debbie Mason, who work across the community safety partnership, for their diligent action in closing a disorderly premise and helping to safeguard a vulnerable member of the community in Basingstoke, and Hampshire Constabulary analyst Karen Henshaw, for her professionalism and dedication to serious and complex investigations.
The awards are organised by the Safer North Hampshire community safety team together with the police.
This year, for the first time, the event also included the presentation of certificates to the many Police Cadets who had completed their training.
Councillor Robert Tate, chair of the Safer North Hampshire community safety partnership, said: “I was delighted to see so many worthy recipients honoured with their awards, and it is a joy to work with the police to organise these awards, which provide a really superb opportunity to thank serving officers, members of the public and volunteers, for particular acts of courage and outstanding service.
“It was also great to see the Police Cadets being part of the evening for the first time, and watching them taking their oaths. They are a shining example of young people prepared to give some of their valuable time to serve their community and we should be proud of them. Their contribution and service already gives me confidence that we have so many young people actively giving their time to the community.”
“It was a wonderful evening and it was both a pleasure and an honour to be there.”