Honours for crash scene PCSOs

PCSOs Simon Weaver and Donna-Lise Taylor. (S)
PCSOs Simon Weaver and Donna-Lise Taylor. (S)

Quick-thinking at the scene of a horrific road accident has seen two Ripon police workers honoured by the force’s director.

Police Community Support Officers Donna-Lise Taylor and Simon Weaver said they were “in the wrong place at the right time” when they were first on the scene of a terrifying crash between Sharow and Dishforth last winter.

They were driving past Sharow common on February 19 when they came across a 4x4 that had spun out of control and flipped onto the opposite side of the road. A few seconds difference would have seen the car smash into their own vehicle.

Two young passengers were seriously injured and PCSOs Taylor and Weaver set about preserving the scene, calling for help and caring for the casualties.

“We’ve seen plenty of accidents like this before but this was different because we were first on the scene, and we were on our own,” said PCSO Taylor.

Traffic police officers, firefighters and paramedics who arrived on scene shortly afterwards praised their work, and wrote to Ripon’s Police Inspector recommending the pair for recognition.

PCSOs Weaver and Taylor received their Director’s Commendations for their actions at a ceremony held at North Yorkshire Police’s headquarters in Newby Wiske.

“It’s nice to be rewarded, but we would rather the circumstances of the accident had never happened,” said PCSO Weaver.

Supt Ken McIntosh said: “Both PCSO Simon Weaver and PCSO Donna-Lise Taylor went beyond what would have been expected of them, preserving the scene, organising a road diversion as well as gathering witness details.

“They also ensured the correct information was passed to the force control room so that the right resources were deployed.”

PCSO Weaver was the first community support officer at Ripon police station in 2003, and showed PCSO Taylor the ropes when she took up the job two years later.

PCSO Taylor said after working together for so long the joint recognition meant even more.

Officers from Bedale were also commended at the same ceremony. Temporary Insp Dave Murray, PCs Joanne Fawcett, Neil Wardrop, Kalinka Smith-Owen, and PCSO Ian MacDonald all received the Director’s Commendation for their efforts to resuscitate a woman found in Bedale beck in May this year.