Essex Police officer meets with motorcyclist after saving life in serious Clacton crash
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A motorcyclist who suffered serious injuries after a crash in Clacton in June, has been reunited with one of a trio of police officers who helped to save his life.
Alex Bartlett, 25, was riding his motorcycle along Jaywick Lane, Clacton when he was involved in a collision with a car.
But with the severity of Mr Bartlett’s injuries, it was a race against time to get him to hospital, with the three officers – Pc Rob Cubberley, Sgt Terry Jacobs and Sgt Tom Coppin – helping paramedics save his life.
Amid fears Mr Bartlett’s condition could worsen, Pc Cubberley drove to Colchester General Hospital, with Sgt Jacobs following in a control car and Sgt Coppin helping the paramedic in the ambulance.
Thanks to the efforts of the paramedics and officers, Mr Bartlett arrived at the hospital moments before his condition became critical, with surgeons admitting he was close to death.
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Now, with Mr Bartlett returning home following three weeks of recovery at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, he was reunited with PS Jacobs who helped save his life.
Mr Bartlett said: “Everything was a real blur and I can’t remember anything from that day – I’m really thankful for all those involved had done to help me on that day and since then.”
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Sgt Jacobs added: “It’s great to meet Alex properly and to see that he is progressing so well, especially as when we reached the hospital we were made aware that his injuries were more severe than first thought.
“I think he was mortified when I told him that he was a bit of a handful to deal with at the roadside!”
For the officers, it was an unusual chance to meet a member of public they have helped, and were thrilled to see him on the mend.
“We don’t usually get the opportunity to revisit people who we’ve helped, so it is fantastic to meet Alex and his family,” Sgt Jacobs added. “I’m just pleased that we were there to help and got him to the hospital when we did.”
The meeting came together after Sgt Jacobs gave an interview on a local radio station, which prompted Mr Bartlett’s mum Maxine to get in touch with Essex Police, track down the officers and thank them personally.
She said: “The officers who helped Alex to the hospital, as well as the other officers that we’ve spoken to since then have been absolutely brilliant. We are just so grateful to Sgt Jacobs and his colleagues and it has been wonderful to have the opportunity to meet him to thank him properly.”