Constable Steve Buchanan, Constable Tara Wood, Senior Constable Lani Campbell at the Richmond LAC Awards in Alstonville.
Constable Steve Buchanan, Constable Tara Wood, Senior Constable Lani Campbell at the Richmond LAC Awards in Alstonville. Northern Rivers

Citations a tribute to police efforts

ONE of the first jobs Constable Tara Wood attended as a police officer earned her a citation yesterday for her actions at a suicide in Casino last year.

Const Wood was one of many police and ambulance officers recognised for their efforts in the line of duty at a Richmond Local Area Command Awards Ceremony in Alstonville.

Constable Steve Buchanan and Senior Constable Lani-Maree Campbell were also rewarded with Local Area Command Citations for their efforts in the same incident, and all three officers were grateful for the recognition.

Const Wood, Const Buchanan and Snr Const Campbell were called to a Casino residence last year to discover a man had a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Snr Const Campbell and Const Buchanan did everything they could to resuscitate the victim and continued CPR until an ambulance arrived on the scene. Const Wood assisted her colleagues while they performed resuscitation and comforted the distressed relatives. The man died as a result of his gunshot wound.

"I was very new to the job when it happened," Const Wood said. "It was a real eye-opener for me as to what police work really involved."

Snr Const Campbell said it was nice to be recognised for her work, but there were countless other officers who had not been recognised for similar efforts.

"There are a lot of other police who are called to the same sorts of incidents every day who don't get any recognition," she said.

"We've been lucky enough that someone thought we did a good job."

Snr Const Campbell was also recognised for her bravery and professionalism during an extremely volatile situation at Tabulam in December, 2004.

The Commissioner's Commendation for Courage was awarded to Snr Const Todd Weston for his courage and devotion to duty in the arrest of an armed man at Lake Haven in January, 2006.

Snr Const Weston was joined by three other officers at the incident, which placed them inside a confined area with the man who was armed with a sharpened pitch fork and two knifes. The man lunged at police, despite being sprayed with capsicum spray. A violent struggle ensued, which resulted in Snr Const Weston being stabbed in the wrist.


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