A man left his house in north London on 29th December 2015 and, as he walked down the street, he was attacked by a man with a knife. He sustained wounds to his heart, liver, lungs and arteries. Maria Hegarty, a neighbour and off duty Special Constable, saw what happened and told her mother to call the police. She then went out and approached the attacker. She identified herself as a police officer and he backed away. He remained close and was holding two knives. The man on the ground was gurgling and his breath was sporadic. His arms were twitching. He did not respond so Maria started CPR. The attacker returned, still holding a knife, and said “leave him, he’s dead anyway”.
He then went away but soon returning saying “he’s dead now, he’s dead now.” David Tyler then arrived and shouted at the attacker to leave. The man just stared showing no emotion. David then offered to take over from Maria which he did. Police then arrived and took over. Both Maria and David were covered in blood. The man did not survive the attack.
SC Maria Hegarty and David Tyler were each awarded the Royal Humane Society’s Testimonial on Vellum.