QUICK-thinking PCSOs leapt into action to help an elderly resident after a terrifying fall.
PCSOs Jane McMillan and Deborah Ardron, of Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team (NPT), helped 84-year-old Dorothy Mylroie after she tripped over a parasol stand and smashed her face on the ground during a wake at Pontefract’s King’s Croft Hotel.
The officer used their first aid skills to help the pensioner, who had been knocked unconscious, and stayed with her as she was taken to Pontefract General Infirmary by ambulance.
Mrs Mylroie, who was left with a spinal injury, a two-inch laceration on her arm and severe bruising, said: “Jane and Deborah were absolutely wonderful and I want to thank them for what they did.
“At first I was unconscious, but when I came round I was really shaken, scared and confused and they really helped put me at ease.
“Without their actions the situation could have been a lot worse because I think anyone without their first aid training would have tried to move me.
“Deborah held my face in the same position for 15 minutes while we waited for the ambulance to arrive and they both did a wonderful job of staying calm and looking after me.
“Then, after the ambulance arrived, they followed me to hospital and took me home when I was discharged from accident and emergency.
“I think they were outstanding and a credit to the service. I can’t thank them enough.”
The PCSOs have continued to visit Mrs Mylroie at her Pontefract home while she recovers from her injuries.
They have also been on hand to offer her help and support.
The pensioner said: “I keep telling everyone how wonderful they are.
“They’ve been a great support to me as I get better.
“I still have a lot of back pain and I definitely can’t get around as easily as I could before the fall, but I’m not doing too badly for an 84-year-old.
“I’m glad they were there to help and the situation wasn’t a lot worse.”