Praise for police, paramedics and doctors from coroner after they tried to save Pinchbeck man Robert Paulch
Police officers who gave life-saving CPR to a suicidal man have been praised for their efforts by Lincolnshire's newest senior coroner.
Ambulance crew and staff at Boston's Pilgrim Hospital were also acknowledged for their care and treatment of 28-year-old Robert Paluch, who died four days after he was found hanging at his home in Flaxmill Lane, Pinchbeck.
An inquest at Boston Coroner's Court heard that PC Simon Edwards arrived at the scene just four minutes after a report of concern for Mr Paluch's welfare.
In written evidence, PC Edwards said: "I felt Mr Paluch's neck and wrist for any signs of life but I could find no pulse. However, noticing that Mr Paluch was still very warm...I cut him down. I put Mr Paluch on his back and started CPR.
"I carried on with CPR for a few minutes before allowing Sgt Andrews to take over to allow me to rest for a few minutes."
PC Edwards described how an ambulance crew arrived and he and the crew continued to give CPR until 4.37pm - half-an-hour after his arrival.
The inquest heard that Mr Paluch was transferred to hospital but had suffered an irreversible hypoxic brain injury and he died on February 20 this year.
He had a history of alcohol and drug misuse but a mental health team who assessed him in October 2017 found no cause to be concerned for his welfare. He did, however, have "low mood" due to losing his job as a result of his drinking and poor attendance.
A post-mortem found a toxic level of the anti-psychotic medication olanzapine and a therapeutic level of morphine in his system, but no alcohol or ethanol.
Timothy Brennand, in the first inquest he has conducted in the county, recorded a conclusion of suicide.
He made special mention of his admiration of the efforts of police officers, paramedics and hospital staff.
Mr Brennand said: "I wish to place on record a number of matters that, in my considered opinion, the community can be proud. This is a case where the police were on the scene within minutes, very quickly followed by [more] emergency services.
"[PC Edwards] was prompt and quick-thinking, not only to cut down the deceased in a quick manner, he was also sufficiently skilled to set about the process of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation to the extent that a pulse was achieved and there was a transfer to intensive care to see what the skilled practitioners at the hospital could attempt to achieve by way of admission to the intensive care unit.
"When one looks at the involvement of the police and the emergency services and also the hospital, they can take great pride in the attempts to save this man's life.
"I wish to place on record that this court is particularly impressed by all those involved in this sad and tragic case."
Mr Brennand also acknowledged the "degree of thoroughness" which the coronial service engages as part of its investigations into any sudden or unexpected death.
"It is my steadfast intention that such high standards are maintained during my tenure as a senior coroner for Lincolnshire," he added.