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Lifesaving bid police honoured

PUBLISHED: 17:33 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:37 12 August 2010

TWO police officers are to receive top awards for their fight to save the life of an elderly woman who fell after being attacked by two men who had broken into her home. Despite the efforts of PC Adam Smith and Detective Constable Clare Hutchings, 80-yea

TWO police officers are to receive top awards for their fight to save the life of an elderly woman who fell after being attacked by two men who had broken into her home.

Despite the efforts of PC Adam Smith and Detective Constable Clare Hutchings, 80-year-old Margaret Hawkins, of Charterhouse Road, Orpington, died from a suspected heart attack within 40 hours of the break-in.

The officers had given her the kiss-of-life and cardiac pulmonary resuscitation.

They have now been awarded Royal Humane Society resuscitation certificates for their fight to save her life.

Secretary of the Humane Society Dick Wilkinson said: "They did all they could to save her life after a horrible experience in which, during the course of a burglary, two men manhandled her and then she fell. They richly deserve the awards they are to receive."

No date has yet been scheduled for presentation of the award, which has been made on the recommendation of the Metropolitan Police but it is expected to take place in the near future.

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