West Midlands Police - Annual Awards - McCord
Police officers and members of the public have been honoured for acts of bravery and selflessness in the annual West Midlands Police awards ceremony.
More than 30 accolades were presented at the event on Wednesday night (Sept 19) in recognition of outstanding contributions to tackling crime, life-saving first aid, and heroic interventions from members of the public.
Husband and wife Coventry PCs have received bravery awards for tackling a maniacal 'hitcher' who demanded lifts by threatening motorists with a knife.
Andy and Jenny McCord were driving along Barnaby Road in Radford, Coventry, on 24 February last year when they spotted a man weaving between queuing traffic, shouting at drivers and damaging vehicles.
As the off-duty couple approached they saw the man was holding a six-inch knife.
Andy dragged the man to the ground and, with the help of a fellow motorist, pinned him down until police back-up arrived. A 26-year-old man was later sentenced to 10 months jail for affray and possessing an offensive weapon.
And at a West Midlands Police awards ceremony on Wednesday (Sept 19) Andy was presented with a Chief Constable's Commendation whilst Jenny picked-up a Chief Constable's Award.
Coventry CID detective Jenny, who was three months pregnant at the time, recalled: "We'd only clocked off duty two hours earlier and were heading out to see relatives we saw the traffic backed-up at the junction and assumed someone had broken down.
"As we got closer, though, we saw a man in the road acting aggressively, slamming his fists down on car bonnets and screaming at drivers to give him a lift.
"Several drivers steered around him and drove off but as Andy ran towards the man he reached into the passenger side of a woman's car and appeared to be rummaging through whatever was on the seat.
"Andy grabbed hold of the man and restrained him whilst I phoned colleagues for back-up which arrived within a few minutes."