Community heroes honoured with Outstanding Citizens Awards
Community heroes from across the West Midlands were
honoured in the Police and Crime Commissioner's Outstanding
Citizens Awards last night.
The evening's ceremony began with the Active Citizens' Fund
Award. This is recognition of how organisations used money given to
it by the Police and Crime Commissioner.
The Diamond Academy, which provides football coaching for
children in Handsworth, walked away with the first gong of the
Meanwhile, one of the biggest awards - the Outstanding Act of
Good Citizenship - went to bus driver
Desmond Johnson, who helped save the life of a boy who was hit
by another vehicle on Coleshill road. Keeping him conscious until
the air ambulance arrived was a critical act in helping the
youngster as he fought for his life.
Elsewhere, the Outstanding Citizen Award went to a recently
bereaved mother who lost her 12 year old son in 2015. He wasn't
wearing a seatbelt when he was thrown from a car and killed. Ever
Sukhi Atwal, has campaigned to promote the use of seatbelts. On
hearing about the award Sukhi said, "I'm doing this for Amar and to
ensure that no other family has to suffer the loss that we
Outstanding Young Citizen went to Dudley teenagers
Louis Price and Jack Goodman. The pair helped guide the
emergency services to a vulnerable person who had gone
missing. Louis Price, who was 13 at the time of the incident,
described how he was feeling, "We've told quite a few of our
friends at school. We're proud of what we did, but we're proud for
our families too".
Outstanding Community Project was awarded to O'Dells Community
Amateur Boxing Club in Birmingham's Bromford and Firs estate.
Founded 4 years ago it has helped curb anti-social behaviour in the
Craig O'Dell, who runs the club, spoke about receiving this
recognition, "We've been able to put the grant that we secured from
the Police and Crime Commissioner's fund to good use to get more
young people along, especially those who perhaps couldn't afford to
come previously. It's great that our club is being recognised"
Clive Knowles, who has helped police forces tackle knife crime
by providing weapons bins for surrenders, was thanked personally
for all he has done and handed the Special Recognition Award.
Long-serving custody visitor volunteers were also honoured at
the event for their vital public service in ensuring those in
police cells are being treated correctly.
The heart-warming awards ceremony was held on July 6th
at Edgbaston Cricket Club in Birmingham.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David
Jamieson was in attendance with his two assistants, Ashley
Bertie and Cllr Dr Lynnette Kelly.
Mr Jamieson said: "It was a truly inspirational evening.
"It's a pleasure to meet these local 'heroes'. All the nominees
and winners have incredible stories to tell. I'd like to offer my
sincere congratulations and thanks to all - they are a true credit
to the West Midlands."
There were a number of runners-up on the night.
The Sandwell Crime Prevention Panel and the Albion Foundation
were runners up in the Active Citizens Fund category.
Gro-organic's, CEO and Founder, Sarah Gill and The West Midlands
Road Casualty Reduction Team came second in the Outstanding
Community Project Category.
Marleigh Sparey-Knibbs was also nominated in the
Outstanding Young Citizen Award. Emma Burnell and Chris Belle
should be proud to have been nominated in the Outstanding Citizen