Honour for PC Carly Boitoult, from Southend, who battled to save boy, 13

Echo: Carley Boitoult from Southend with Stephen Kavanagh Carley Boitoult from Southend with Stephen Kavanagh

A POLICE officer who tried to save a teenager’s life by performing CPR has been commended by the chief constable for her professionalism.

PC Carly Boitoult, 35, responded to a call over a boy, 13, who had suffered life-threatening injuries at his Southend home in August last year.

When she arrived at the scene, she also found the boy’s twin brother and a friend.

She found no sign of life, but carried out CPR until paramedics arrived.

It was only the second time PC Boitoult had done CPR outside of training, but she managed to find a pulse and the boy was taken to hospital.

She said: “It is something I have never experienced before.

“I was there on my own before the paramedics arrived.

“You’ve got to weigh up the situation, but the main thing is you’ve got to save the life of a little boy.

“I was surrounded by pictures of the boys growing up. It was heartbreaking. I just did everything I could.

“The paramedics praised me for what I did. They said I did it brilliantly.”

Although she had managed to revive the boy, hedied from his injuries two weeks later.

PC Boitoult, who grew up in Southend and has been a police officer for 13 years, said: “I just cried for days on end.

“When you give someone CPR you do take it personally.”

She was among a group who were commended at a ceremony at Essex Police’s headquarters in Chelmsford on Friday.

She said: “It is a nice feeling to be thanked for something.

You just do what you think it best.

Chief constable Stephen Kavanagh said: “This was about recognising the bravery and dedication that policing in this county is about.

“We are taking the time to say thank you to the officers who go that extra mile.

“Policing is not perfect, but it is still the best in the world.

“Too often what they do doesn’t get recognised.”

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11:42am Tue 6 May 14

sosad 1 says...

well deserved condolences to the boys family she give it good try and good to hear good stuff about our much put upon police force
well deserved condolences to the boys family she give it good try and good to hear good stuff about our much put upon police force sosad 1
  • Score: 18

1:41pm Tue 6 May 14

Missrableoldgoat says...

Well Done.
Well Done. Missrableoldgoat
  • Score: 10

6:32pm Tue 6 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

One of our communitys Hero's
Performing CPR isn't a great feeling. But when you find a pulse that you have instigated, Wow it feels like you can fly Well Done Ma'am. Welcome to the club
One of our communitys Hero's Performing CPR isn't a great feeling. But when you find a pulse that you have instigated, Wow it feels like you can fly Well Done Ma'am. Welcome to the club Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 8

10:33pm Tue 6 May 14

LexyGirl says...

How sad that the poor little lad died despite Carly's efforts to save him.
How sad that the poor little lad died despite Carly's efforts to save him. LexyGirl
  • Score: 9

1:17pm Wed 7 May 14

Sagefields says...

It says a lot that when the police actually do the job thats expected of them, they get an award. I mean what else was she going to do? leave him there to die?

The fact that this is worthy of an award highlights what we already know deep down - most police time is spent dealing with trivial nonsense and its very rare for them to have time to deal with anything of substance.

Yes its good that a trained police officer administered CPR as she was taught in her training. But as I said, what else would she be expected to do?
It says a lot that when the police actually do the job thats expected of them, they get an award. I mean what else was she going to do? leave him there to die? The fact that this is worthy of an award highlights what we already know deep down - most police time is spent dealing with trivial nonsense and its very rare for them to have time to deal with anything of substance. Yes its good that a trained police officer administered CPR as she was taught in her training. But as I said, what else would she be expected to do? Sagefields
  • Score: -22

6:53pm Wed 7 May 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Sagefields wrote:
It says a lot that when the police actually do the job thats expected of them, they get an award. I mean what else was she going to do? leave him there to die?

The fact that this is worthy of an award highlights what we already know deep down - most police time is spent dealing with trivial nonsense and its very rare for them to have time to deal with anything of substance.

Yes its good that a trained police officer administered CPR as she was taught in her training. But as I said, what else would she be expected to do?
TW@T
[quote][p][bold]Sagefields[/bold] wrote: It says a lot that when the police actually do the job thats expected of them, they get an award. I mean what else was she going to do? leave him there to die? The fact that this is worthy of an award highlights what we already know deep down - most police time is spent dealing with trivial nonsense and its very rare for them to have time to deal with anything of substance. Yes its good that a trained police officer administered CPR as she was taught in her training. But as I said, what else would she be expected to do?[/p][/quote]TW@T carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 10

11:11am Thu 8 May 14

Bester says...

Sorry, but I find it a little in bad taste that the officer should be awarded in spite of the boy losing his life. Did the family of the boy endorse the award? If so, did they also nominate the paramedics and other hospital staff for an equivilant award in recognition of their efforts?
Sorry, but I find it a little in bad taste that the officer should be awarded in spite of the boy losing his life. Did the family of the boy endorse the award? If so, did they also nominate the paramedics and other hospital staff for an equivilant award in recognition of their efforts? Bester
  • Score: -3

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