A POLICEMAN who fought in vain to save the life of a horrifically injured motorcyclist after a crash in Spalding has been awarded a top national honour.
PC Ryan Murphy was one of the first on the scene at the crash on September 13.
The victim, Patryk Wojtczac (39), of Thistle Gardens, Spalding, crashed his motorcycle into the rear of a stationary van which had stopped to give way to oncoming traffic.
Mr Wojtczac was severely injured but PC Murphy immediately started to administer cardiac pulmonary resuscitation in a bid to save him. However, an ambulance crew arrived at the scene ten minutes later and Mr Wojtczac was pronounced dead.
Now PC Murphy is to receive a Royal Humane Society certificate of commendation for his fight to save Mr Wojtczac’s life.
He has also won personal praise from Royal Humane Society secretary, Dick Wilkinson.
Announcing the award at the Society’s London headquarters on Monday, Mr Wilkinson said: “This was a horrific crash with blood everywhere and Mr Wojtczac severely injured. Despite this PC Murphy did not hesitate. He went straight in and did all he could.
“Sadly Mr Wojtczac’s injuries were too severe for him to be saved. But there is no doubt that the effort’s of PC Murphy gave him the best possible chance anyone could have given him. He richly deserves this award.”