Award for community warden’s attempt to save life

PUBLISHED: 09:00 14 July 2015

Chris Waite and his 11-year-old daughter Amy with his award

Chris Waite and his 11-year-old daughter Amy with his award


Chris Waite helped police give CPR to injured man

A BRAVE community warden who tried to save the life of a gravely injured man has been commended.

Chris Waite, a neighbourhood warden in Thamesmead, helped police give CPR to the man after he heard shouts for help and found him lying on the ground, surrounded by a group of men.

He helped and comforted the man until ambulance crews arrived, and waited for several hours to help police with their investigation.

The award submission said: “It is my opinion that Chris could not possibly have known what he was walking into.

“This could have been a very dangerous situation.

“The easy path would have been to drive away or be a bystander, but he chose otherwise. I feel his actions were both brave and altruistic.”

Chris received a commendation from Bexley Police’s borough commander Jeff Boothe and Bexley Mayor Sybil Camsey at the Borough Commander Commendation ceremony.

He had also previously helped to save the life of a baby who had been locked in a car.

He said: “I am really chuffed to receive this award.

“I accepted it for the whole team. It is nice to be recognised for the work we do.”

Stephen Howlett, CEO of the Peabody housing association, which owns a lot of social housing in Thamesmead, said: “This isn’t the first time Chris’s selfless actions have been highlighted.

“He is the perfect example of someone who goes above and beyond his call of duty. It doesn’t matter how much training you have, you can’t prepare for some things.

“He truly is a remarkable person who puts the community before himself. I am extremely proud to call him a colleague.”

The ceremony celebrated the achievements of police officers, police staff, police community support officers, volunteers and members of the public who had shown bravery, dedication or professionalism. Chris was the only member of the public to be commended.

Mr Boothe praised the “courage, bravery, commitment and dedication” of all those who were commended.

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