Officers are honoured

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A woman who held the hand of a stabbing victim as she lay dying and a police officer who restrained a man who was trying to stab him in the neck were amongst 26 people honoured for their bravery.

Samantha Oram of Lancaster and Sgt James Martin of Morecambe Police were presented with their awards at a ceremony at Lancashire Police’s Hutton headquarters on Monday.

Sgt James Martin of Morecambe Police attended Queen Street in Morecambe in June last year.

A man jabbed a broken bottle through the window of the vehicle, attempting to stab him in the neck.

Sgt Martin got out of his car and eventually restrained the man with assistance from other officers. The man was sentenced to four years and ten months imprisonment.

A member of the public, Samantha Oram, was driving to work in Lancaster on October 12, 2010, when she came across what appeared to be a road traffic collision.

There had not been an accident but the man had stabbed the lady in the chest with a large kitchen knife. She stayed with the lady comforting her and administering first aid to a serious chest wound which was bleeding heavily.

Tracy Dryden sadly died with Mrs Oram holding her hand.

The lady had been murdered by her estranged husband, John, who had plunged a large knife in her chest. He was jailed for 20 years.