Above and beyond

Six Castlemaine police officers have been awarded commendations for their roles in saving the lives of two women.
The officers were presented with Divisional Commendation awards by Victoria Police Acting Chief Commissioner Wendy Steendam in a ceremony at the Castlemaine Police Station last Thursday.
On September 21 last year, Leading Senior Constable Wayne Rowe and Constable Sharon Langridge were on night shift when they attended a scene where they found a woman unresponsive. She had suffered a severe asthma attack. The officers began CPR while they waited for the ambulance to arrive. The woman spent several days in an Intensive Care Unit but thanks to the actions of the officers was able to make a full recovery.
In a separate incident late last year, Castlemaine Police received a call from the public concerning a woman who had self-harmed.
Police officers Sergeant Rob Gibson, Senior Constable Mick McAuley, Constable Phil Davies and Leading Senior Constable Dave Ritchie attended and rendered first aid assistance until ambulance crews arrived.
“We were told the ambulance was half an hour away. We had to act,” Sgt Rob Gibson said.
“A representative from Ambulance Victoria helped talk us through what to do and we were able to assist in preventing her loss of life.”
ACC Steendam said all Victoria Police officers received first aid training but these officers went above and beyond to assist these women and ultimately saved their lives.
“They were both presented with severe cases and used all their training and experience to assist and today we say thank you.”
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