Bloody Heroes

I like the police, I like police blogs and I’ve worked with them a lot. They, like the NHS, are being stuffed over by the government – numbers cut, pensions stolen, creeping privatisation. I know that there are a few knobs let’s face it there are knobs in any workforce. As I said to a student nurse this week, ‘It’s easy to be a shit nurse, and you won’t get fired for being a shit nurse, only for being a criminally shit nurse, but do you really want to be a shit nurse?’. the same goes for the police, doctors, teachers and street cleaners.

Sadly a lot of people concentrate on the shit ones. Like a lot of (ex?)bloggers I like to redress the balance occasionally.

I was at work and was asked for some advice – six officers had brought in a patient who, in the grip of their mental illness, had waved a knife around and then, as the police arrived had slashed his own neck. The police officers, without the chance to put on gloves, splash googles, etc, had then rushed him to disarm him and stop him from killing himself. It turns out that the patient had some nasty blood-borne diseases and the officer wanted to know if they were at risk. Especially as one of the other officers had open wounds from a previous arrest.

These men and women had put themselves at considerable risk in order to stop someone killing themselves. Heroes the lot of them – but I doubt they’ll be on the front page of the papers.

But you watch the government attack the police as they prepare to privatise them.

13 thoughts on “Bloody Heroes”

  1. I work for the blood service and several of my colleagues are ex-police. They have left the service because the ideals they joined with have been stamped all over in recent years. These are good, moral people, exactly the sort of people who we need working as part of our police force but they have been driven out because they no longer feel secure in their jobs. Nhs and police alike, what is happening to our public services is an unmitigated disgrace to the hard working, selfless individuals on the front line.

  2. selfless is asucker, they should have let that guy kill himself and who is to say he was wrong?

    life is not always worth living and obviously he had his own views on that

    heroes or idiots?

  3. The reason why they didn't let him kill himself was because he didn't have capacity to choose to die – meaning he was in the throes of an illness rather than deciding of his own free will to end his life.

    That's the difference and it's a big one.

    1. I have had this in my career, it’s horrible when someone is in a situation they can not seem to find themselves a way out.
      Police (as you stated, the good ones) are amazing and I believe the guys that these ones are genuine Heros!
      Wow thank goodness that there are still people who care- I still have some small hope for humanity.

  4. Andrew you might be right let the bloke die if he wants to. But would be willing to stand there and watch if you were a cop? I think not. So, no not idiots.

  5. Plus the officers do not have the capacity to make that decision. They have a duty of care to protect life. Anyone's and everyone's life. Should they have let him kill himself, all would have been charged with manslaughter. Guaranteed. Brian, you are right. All heroes.

  6. yeah, people who are not exposed to these risks are all for others taking them !

    those officers will have learnt i am sure and not take that risk again !

    had that officer contracted a blood borne disease what would have happened to him?

    biffed out of the police force for sure with minimal compensation !

    imv brian kellet's health has been damaged and continues to be damaged by constant working with infectious
    people

    it's not the fifties, there are a huge amount of contagious viruses and illnesses with any number of drug addicts and alcoholics and people just plain careless and stupid about health and diet, only a fuckwit exposes themselves to what is a real danger with these people !

  7. I think that although these police officers (and all emergency services, come to that) feel that they have a duty of care to the public, they really should be focusing on themselves and ensuring they keep themselves safe as their first priority. What you ladies/gentlemen do is amazing, and yes, at times you are truly unappreciated.

    I promise that next time I'm helped out by a police officer (or the like) I'll say thank you and try to show them my appreciation! I own both 'Blood, Sweat and Tea' and 'More Blood, More Sweat, and Another Cup of Tea', and from reading them I can see that you guys don't get shown it enough!

    1. In my opinion, when I’m at work (also out of) but my health and safety comes second. If they need me to stop a haemorrhage to save their life and I don’t have gloves on- I stop the haemorrhage. I don’t watch and wait for them to exanguinate infront of me while I put my gloves on.. Just me.

  8. I am very gratefull for the services that get provided to us and the hard work that goes with the ambulance and police, I may be quite ( I don't know if nieve is the right word ) small minded maybe but surely when you join the forces you realise that you risk your life and wether that's this instance or facing a gun man or going off to war, so I thik they was right to try to save the man. I think we all would risk our lives for our loved ones but it takes someone special to risk it for a stranger .

  9. the risk reward is all wrong and if these people are doing something worthwhile why don't they get paid conmensurate with the risk ?

    when they pay the "navvies" in the health and police system like they pay doctors then there might be something to it !

    really you people who are so for the lower ranks of the police force and health system taking these risks are the ones who also object to them being paid commensurate with risk, i.e. at doctor pay levels!

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  10. I work at a hospital. Part of my contract states that during my shift, I may not leave hospital property. Well, one day I moticed a man acting suspiciously on the second floor of a parkade next door, off property. He had something wrapped around his neck. I watched and he climbed over the railing. I ran across the street, sprinted up the two stories, pulled him up, and half carried, half dragged him to the hospital (the parkade attendant helped). I risked my job to rescue this guy and I have no regrets. I was admonished for breaking policy but lauded foe saving a life.

    Anyone who calls Police / Fire Services / EMTs suckers just doesn't get it. You're a selfish prick if you wouldn't step in and if "the money" was all that mattered. Thankfully, Emergency Services do their job because they love what they do, not cause they love cash.

  11. there's nothing special about human life, in the eye of reality it is very disposable !

    did you follow up the man later and ask wether he wanted to be saved !

    most if not just about all suicidals really resent being "saved", that is being brought back to the hell that was too much for them and they wanted to leave !

    you are not "saving" him, but enforcing some idea you have about the world always being a worthwhile place and not the crazy sewer it mostly is !

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