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Officer battled in vain to save victim of 'execution'

PUBLISHED: 15:54 18 November 2009 | UPDATED: 10:11 12 August 2010

AN OFF-DUTY police officer who tried to save the life of a football coach gunned down in an execution-style murder has been highly commended. Jennifer Anderson was one of dozens of members of the public and police force praised for acts of bravery, cri

AN OFF-DUTY police officer who tried to save the life of a football coach gunned down in an execution-style murder has been highly commended.

Jennifer Anderson was one of dozens of members of the public and police force praised for acts of bravery, crime detection and selflessness at an awards ceremony last Thursday at The Warren police club, in Croydon Road, Keston.

Commendations were given for preventing suicides, intervening in serious attacks, stopping an elderly man from handing over thousands of pounds to a fraudster and catching a known sex offender.

Ms Anderson, a police community support officer at the time, was jogging at Sparrows Den playing fields in West Wickham in July when she came across father-of-three Ryan Musgrove, who had suffered gunshot wounds.

She gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, becoming soaked in his blood, but her efforts were in vain and he died at the scene.

Ms Anderson witnessed a man believed to be his killer riding away on a bicycle and was able to provide officers with a detailed description of him.

Speaking after receiving her commendation, she said: "I can't remember what I was thinking at the time. I was just doing my job but it's brilliant to be commended."

Police constable Rebecca Greaves, who was also honoured, was on a night out with colleague Natalie Guest in Rochester when they saw an innocent man being badly beaten.

Despite the victim being unconscious, with blood pouring from his head, his attackers continued raining blows to his skull by kicking and stamping on him.

Ms Greaves ran to him and lay on top of his body to protect him while his attackers continued their assault, injuring the 27-year-old constable. Her colleague Ms Guest suffered a broken nose in the unprovoked assault.

Once the attackers had fled both officers gave critical first aid to the victim and called an ambulance. Even while engaged in an act of mercy they received further abuse from the girlfriends of the attackers.

The surgeon who treated the victim, who suffered a broken back, fractured skull, shattered jaw and cracked ribs, said he would have died without the help of Ms Greaves.

Speaking before awarding the commendations, Borough Commander Charles Griggs said: "It is difficult to recognise everyone's effort and achievements but today we celebrate some of those achievements and recognise people whose work merits that extra special formal recognition."

The Royal Corps of Drums played before the event, attended by Mayor of Bromley Douglas Auld.

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