February 17th, 2010

So sad

Posted in The Job - General by 200

We’ve all heard the awful story of the two kiddies, one of whom died after their vehicle plunged into a river in Worcestershire last week. Their father has been charged with attempted murder.

What we haven’t heard so much about is the actions of two West Mercia police officers who went into the river to save the life of 6-year-old Ryan Grady.

Police chiefs have described the conditions as ‘atrocious’; the car was 12 feet from the bank & submerged in 12 feet of muddy water where visibility was zero. One officer swam into the river to rescue the boy while the other waded in & helped pull the officer & child back to the bank. The officers were unable to reach the boy’s sister, who was eventually pulled from the submerged car some two hours later by a police diving unit from a nearby force.

The officers are said to be traumatised by their inability to save Gabby Grady.

I can’t imagine the mixed feelings of being able to save on child & not the other.

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  1. Oi says:

    My hat off to the two officers concerned

    February 17th, 2010 at 22:49

  2. joe says:

    Wasn’t this reported in the MSM (or certain sections thereof) as another case of police stand by for XX minutes on “elf & safety” grounds (as kiddie dies) while waiting for a dive team from Avon and Somerset to arrive?

    February 17th, 2010 at 23:33

  3. MPS Probie says:

    Yep – to the point where even I hadn’t realised the officers had actually gone in.

    I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised by the biased reporting though, after all that’s gone before.

    February 17th, 2010 at 23:47

  4. allcoppedout says:

    Had something similar in a house fire two weeks into the job. We got three kids out but not the mother and another (mostly a neighbour who could take the smoke better). Had to drag out my very brave tutor constable.
    Had very poor experience with cops over the last 7 years (incompetence and dismal complaints system). Nearly all the problems are with idiot managers and crass politicians. I haven’t seen the poor reporting of this put right.

    February 18th, 2010 at 02:13

  5. shijuro says:

    bravery- doesn’t make good press…

    checkout NEWSWIPE shows them up for what they are…

    I think it was a ballsy thing to do – jumping in a cold, deep, fast flowing river is not for the faint-hearted.

    Good job lads- you did your best. I only hope I could be so decisive.

    poor kids…

    February 18th, 2010 at 10:32

  6. Fee says:

    The person solely responsible for the death of that wee girl is her father. Thanks to the police officers (I hope they get proper recognition) their mum didn’t lose her wee boy as well. I’m a strong swimmer, but I don’t think I’d have gone into that water.

    February 18th, 2010 at 13:27

  7. Met Blackrat says:

    I wonder if a PCSO had been nearby, the Police would have then been mentioned in any report. I had no idea that the Police were even there thanks to the Biased Broadcasting Company. It’ll soon be May, it might improve.
    Hats off to two brave and gallant officers. They know who the girl’s killer is but it doesn’t help in bed at 04.00 hours does it?

    February 18th, 2010 at 16:16

  8. Shijuro says:

    Nice to see those friendly types at the IPCC are now investigating the deaths eh?

    I am sure it’s to do with the fact that they had previous contact with the Police and nothing to do with the officers that risked their lives trying to same those kids.

    I suspect that once more it will be our fault they died.

    I tell you – as soon as I get the appropriate quals I am off…

    February 18th, 2010 at 18:16

  9. Intel Fairy says:

    Utter most respect to everyone involved in this awful incident. True heros. x

    February 18th, 2010 at 18:44

  10. Tony F says:

    Well done, those Officers. Braver men than most. I hope their courage will be rewarded.

    February 18th, 2010 at 19:39

  11. Blueknight says:

    I had an old guy die on me in the back of an Ambulance. I helped out with the CPR with one paramedic while the other one drove us to the Hospital, but he was DOA. I felt that we had done all we could and I soon forgot it. But if it had been a child it would probably haunt me for ever.

    February 18th, 2010 at 21:01

  12. Ambulance Amateur says:

    Sterling service from those two officers. They should not reproach themselves at all – but having high ideals, they will do. They must be given help (whether they like it or not) as it could otherwise be devastating for them for a long time.

    The least we (society) can do is give them all the assistance they need, and a bloody big gong.

    Blueknight – I’m lucky in that being a volunteer, I don’t get sent to younger kids. I’ve done CPR several times; defibrillated too, but with the older people I usually get, a good outcome is rare. I’ve never had to do CPR on an ambulance, as we treat on-scene until the paramedic says “Enough everyone” and fills in the paperwork.

    February 18th, 2010 at 22:34

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