A BANGOR man has received two major commendations for his work as a police officer in the UK’s Civil Nuclear Constabulary.

Stuart Boyd is a police constable with the constabulary (CNC), the armed police force responsible for defending and protecting civil nuclear sites and materials across 13 locations in England and Scotland.

It also has a broader policing role within the communities it serves.

PC Boyd, who is the son of Martyn and Nicola Boyd, is a former pupil of St Columbanus’ College, Bangor, a Flight Sergeant with 825 (Bangor) Squadron RAF Air Cadets and a member of Ballygrainey Boys’ Brigade. 

He studied criminology at Queen’s University, Belfast, before leaving to join the CNC in 2013, and is currently deployed at Torness nuclear power station on Scotland’s East coast.

Earlier this month he was awarded two Chief Constable’s Commendations for his acts of commendable conduct while on duty.

The first award was presented for his actions while on a regular patrol with a CNC colleague when they were flagged down on the busy A1 Edinburgh to London road by a member of the public, who had come across an elderly driver requiring medical assistance. 

After arriving at the scene, Mr Boyd, who is also a police medic, quickly determined the motorist was suffering a severe cardiac arrest and was in critical condition.

He provided vital and timely medical assistance and was aided by his colleague who secured the scene, took charge of traffic control and prevented any further incidents. This allowed PC Boyd to fully concentrate on saving the life of the driver.

Mr Boyd’s second commendation was presented for his actions when called to attend an emergency on the Torness power station site after a worker was found in cardiac arrest.

The locally-born police officer gave immediate medical assistance, while his CNC colleague provided vital support at the scene. Both officers took turns performing CPR until the emergency services arrived.

Sadly, despite their efforts, the site worker died at the scene.  

Presenting the awards CNC Chief Constable Simon Chesterman praised PC Boyd and his colleagues, saying they had gone above and beyond in their efforts to save lives. 

He singled out PC Boyd for his professionalism and courage and said his actions enhanced the reputation of the constabulary with their partner agencies Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service.

He added: “PC Boyd showed great commitment and demonstrated the value of the police medic role in supporting emergency service colleagues as well as the greater public.”

The official citation for both commendations, given by Chief Superintendent Tim Needham, stated: “Stuart, you showed immense resilience in dealing with a situation where members of the public were suffering from serious medical conditions. Despite the challenging circumstances presented to you, your quick thinking and decisive action, though with a tragic outcome on one occasion, prevented loss of life on the other. Your bravery and professionalism are in the finest traditions of the CNC and the wider police service.”

PC Stuart Boyd from Bangor receiving his Commendation from Civil Nuclear Constabulary Chief Constable Simon Chesterman OBE, QPM