Hazlegrove pupil awarded Police and Crime Commissioner's Pride Award

This year, the annual PCC Pride Awards included a six year old girl from Hazlegrove who showed extraordinary courage and quick thinking when her mother fell ill at the wheel.

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3rd March 2020 — Esmé A, who attends Hazlegrove Prep School, was in the back of her mother's car when her mother fell ill, after pulling over to the side of the dual carriage way, Esmé's mother's condition quickly deteriorated.

Esmé realised the seriousness of her mother's condition and dialled 999 for an ambulance. Through her tenacity and quick thinking she was able to guide an ambulance to their location using the satnav in the car and her ability to stay calm under pressure played a significant part in aiding her mother's treatment. A Police spokesperson said: "The bravery and courage that young six-year-old Esmé showed in such a traumatic situation cannot be underestimated, she is truly deserving of the recognition of her actions."

The PCC Pride Awards ceremony was hosted by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens. The awards, which took place recently at Police and Fire Headquarters in Portishead, saw the PCC recognise 24 worthy winners and included a lunch with the PCC and Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Watson before enjoying a tour of the communications centre where ‘999’ and ‘101’ calls are received.

PCC Sue Mountstevens said: "The Pride Awards are something I always look forward to in my role as I get to say a big thank you to some truly extraordinary people in our community. I am delighted that so many people have chosen to nominate these ‘silent stars’, all who go about their daily business with little or no recognition."

Esme's mother said:"I’m so incredibly proud of Esmé. She is a kind and sensitive sole with an unbelievable capacity to put others first. I’m not at all surprised that despite being utterly petrified by what was happening around her on the day, her instinct was to help - that is Esmé! It was a special moment attending the PCC’s Pride Award Ceremony with her teacher, Mrs Davison and watching Esmé being recognised for her courage and bravery alongside police officers, a night porter, a judge, a Reverend and others."

Head of Hazlegrove Pre-Prep, Miss Hannah Strugnell said: "We are all hugely proud of Esmé who demonstrated courage, quick-thinking and great maturity and we are thrilled that her actions and strength of character have been recognised. She showed tremendous maturity in a very stressful situation."

Esmé said: “It makes me feel excellent for winning an award today. It makes me happy to be recognised.”

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Hazlegrove (Coed 2-13) is a day and boarding school in Somerset.

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