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    Special branch: Police officer who stuck to the chase even with a six-inch stick in his eye

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    PC John Nash made his first arrest despite slipping and getting a six-inch stick impaled in his eye

    PC John Nash made his first arrest despite slipping and getting a six-inch stick impaled in his eye

    A police officer who had been on the beat for just six days kept up the chase for his first suspect - even after tripping over and getting a six-inch stick impaled in his eye.

    New officer John Nash slipped on a muddy lawn, sliding into a bush before dusting himself off and continuing to make an arrest.

    But it was only when his suspect turned to him and said: 'Mate, you've got to go to hospital,' did he notice the broken-off branch sticking out of his left eye.

    Pc Nash, aged 25, was in an unmarked police vehicle following two cars which were being driven erratically on an estate in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, when one of the cars was abandoned.

    Two men ran off and the officer gave chase, cornering one in a dead end.

    Pc Nash said: 'I had run across some grass to cut him off just as he got to a fence and drew my baton just as I got there.

    'The weather was horrible - It was dark, cold and raining. The grass was boggy and I slipped.

    'I was really motoring, really running and I slid into a shrub and I had a ringing in my left ear. I thought I'd hit my baton as I fell.

    'The suspect was still trying to get over the fence and I grabbed his ankle. He kept referring to my face and I said: "That doesn't matter - come on". I just thought I'd given myself a black eye.

    'Somebody said: "Get an ambulance quick - he's got something in his eye". I wondered whether he was talking about me.

    'I looked across with my right eye and that's when I noticed a stick coming out of my left eye.

    'I thought: "what the heck is that?"'
    An X-ray reveals how the stick pierced his eye-lid, smashed a cheek-bone and forced itself underneath his eye-ball before coming to a rest against his brain

    An X-ray reveals how the stick pierced his eye-lid, smashed a cheek-bone and forced itself underneath his eye-ball before coming to a rest against his brain

    His shocked colleagues immediately took him to hospital in their patrol car, before he underwent three hours of surgery to remove the stick.

    It had pierced his eye-lid, smashed a cheek-bone, forced itself underneath his eye-ball and come to rest up against his brain - surgeons told him was lucky to be alive.

    He was discharged after three days and has retained some sight in the eye, which he hopes will eventually return to normal.


    Surgeon Annaswami Vijaykumar, who operated on the eye at Blackburn Royal Hospital, said: 'If the piece of wood had entered a couple of millimetres differently the eye would have been permanently damaged. The operation was extremely complicated.
    PC Nash, who had only been in the force for six days, slipped on a muddy lawn and slid head-first into a bush

    PC Nash, who had only been in the force for six days, slipped on a muddy lawn and slid head-first into a bush

    'The officer is very fortunate and lucky to be able to see again, currently the vision is limited at present but may improve with time.'

    Pc Nash added: 'I would do the same again tomorrow. I love my job. I've always wanted to be in the police. It sounds corny but I've always wanted to help people.'

    Pc Nash said doctors and warned his 23-year-old fianc?Rebecca Senior that the injury could be serious.

    'Before the surgery I was told I might lose the sight of the eye and brain damage was likely,' he said.

    'They told Rebecca it was life-threatening. Luckily, it only touched my brain and they managed to get it out.'

    Rebecca said: 'I think it's just a miracle. I'm so proud of what he's done.'

    Insp Ian Hanson, of the Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers, said: 'Although John was extremely lucky, I suppose it shows the dangers that officers across Greater Manchester face on a daily basis

    26 Comments

    Original Poster SuperEd

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    Hard as nails methinks.

    Amazing what adrenaline can do.

    How could he not notice it in his eye? Its huge!

    Original Poster SuperEd

    i know bet hes gonna get some stick....

    This was on North West news days ago

    Original Poster SuperEd

    red_dwarfer;4160203

    This was on North West news days ago



    well i did not see it and im not in the north -west

    goonertillidie;4160236

    well i did not see it and im not in the north -west



    Shame

    Original Poster SuperEd

    red_dwarfer;4160297

    Shame



    i know.....

    red_dwarfer;4160203

    This was on North West news days ago



    Such prejudice.........are you saying i should not be made aware of this news because i live down south. :shock:

    ahhhhh good old rochdale, making the news for all the right reasons again.

    Syzable;4160307

    Such prejudice.........are you saying i should not be made aware of this … Such prejudice.........are you saying i should not be made aware of this news because i live down south. :shock:



    You get your news we get our news!

    slipped on a muddy lawn and slid head-first into a bush



    :|:giggle:

    why is this just a copy and paste of a 2 day old news article?

    BurningFeetMan;4160513

    why is this just a copy and paste of a 2 day old news article?



    Maybe so people who havent read it,, can!!! Just a Thought!!

    I live a few miles form where the Policeman lives and i have to admit they are a few Head the balls from that area so putting a stick through his eye is probably small fry for him!!

    good to show the bravery our officers show when press usually focuses on racism/sexism cloaims

    omg how amazing and painfull all at the same time. Thanks for the post I wouldn't have known about it had it not been posted here. An interesting read.

    Deek43;4160166

    How could he not notice it in his eye? Its huge!



    It's not like he could see it.......:whistling:

    leeroy;4160564

    i have to admit they are a few Head the balls from that area so putting … i have to admit they are a few Head the balls from that area so putting a stick through his eye is probably small fry for him!!



    Amen to that brother

    Brave man, I think he should be awarded a medal for his bravery!

    A police officer who had been on the beat for just six days

    six days to get his first arrest, the criminal underworld will be quacking in their boots when he gets back off the sick :whistling:

    ding;4161052

    six days to get his first arrest, the criminal underworld will be … six days to get his first arrest, the criminal underworld will be quacking in their boots when he gets back off the sick :whistling:




    Why?? is he a duck ??

    Original Poster SuperEd

    deb8z;4161086

    Why?? is he a duck ??



    LOL http://www.policecatalog.com/osc/images/71218.jpg

    deb8z;4161086

    Why?? is he a duck ??


    didnt look right at the time but could not be bothered changing it :oops:

    ding;4162582

    didnt look right at the time but could not be bothered changing it :oops:



    Well it made me but i'm easily pleased:thumbsup:

    Original Poster SuperEd

    deb8z;4162699

    Well it made me but i'm easily pleased:thumbsup:



    :whistling:
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