Bromley’s bravest: Off duty officer who saved choking boy among those awarded

PUBLISHED: 11:20 02 October 2013 | UPDATED: 11:20 02 October 2013

Sp Con John Ambros, with borough commander Steph Roberts at the award ceremony last week.

Sp Con John Ambros, with borough commander Steph Roberts at the award ceremony last week.


An off-duty police officer who saved a choking child while collecting his own children from school was among 36 people from Bromley commended at a ceremony last week.

The Borough Commander’s Commendation Ceremony took place at The Warren MPS Sports Club, in Croydon Road, Bromley, to honours those who have displayed remarkable professionalism, bravery and courage.

Sp Con John Ambros was on his way to collect his children from school, when a vehicle pulled over and stopped in front of him at the junction of Court Road and Mottingham Road.

He noticed the female driver was distressed and got out of his own vehicle to see if he could offer any help. The woman explained her child was choking.

Using skills learned through training, John took hold of the child and administered the Heimlich manoeuvre - dislodging a sweet from the boy’s throat.

John never mentioned the incident to his colleagues, but his heroic act was uncovered when the mother emailed a number of police stations in south east London to identify and thank him.

Borough Commander, Steph Roberts, said: “I always find these ceremonies a humbling experience as there’s not a day that goes by when I don’t feel exceptionally proud of the work that you do at Bromley.

If you think about it what we have heard today wouldn’t be out of place in a Hollywood blockbuster – we have celebrated everything from disarming dangerous individuals to saving a young child’s life.”

Others were commended for ensuring two offenders were convicted for attacking a 78-year-old man, detaining an armed man in Bromley and helping to find a missing and vulnerable 17-year-old.

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