Selfless pair awarded for bravery after tragic M61 crash

Two members of the public have received special recognition awards for their bravery in helping a fatally injured police officer.

Oliver Beard and Kim Tipping have been awarded a Citizen’s Commendation following their attempts to save the life of Special Officer Samantha Derbyshire in July 2016.

Miss Derbyshire, 23, was travelling home on the M61 when her vehicle was involved in a road traffic collision.

Miss Derbyshire was standing close to her vehicle when a HGV struck both the car and herself.

After being thrown onto the hard shoulder of the motorway, she was spotted by passers-by.

Oliver Beard, who was travelling to Scotland, discovered the collision, prompting him to call emergency services from the hard shoulder.

Also at the scene was Kim Tipping, who was making her way home from Manchester Airport.

Upon discovering Miss Derbyshire, Kim and Oliver worked together to administer chest compressions and mouth to mouth until paramedics arrived.

Unfortunately, Miss Derbyshire’s injuries proved fatal and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Despite the tragic outcome, both Kim and Oliver acted selflessly and prioritised the need to help above their own safety.

Upon receiving the award, Kim said: “Both Oliver and I tried our best to help Samantha.

“I acted very much on impulse and as a cabin crew trainer for Jet2.com,  have experience of first aid training.

“I have dealt will all kinds of emergencies where teamwork is essential.”

Oliver added: “While I am honoured that our efforts have been recognised I feel I was only acting on human instinct”.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins presented the award.

He said: “I would like to offer my personal thanks to both Kim and Oliver for their efforts.

“They should both be proud of the way they acted on that fatal night.

“They both demonstrated great care and compassion for which Sam’s family and I are extremely grateful.”

TNT News

Photo Credit: GMP

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