Community / News / 20th July 2023
Police officer recognised for life-saving actions
On Saturday, 15 July, Senior Constable Aaron Unicomb was presented with an award at Coonabarabran Police Station, recognising his work that saved a life.
On 29 November 2019, Senior Constable Unicomb and two other police officers responded to a report of a male in cardiac arrest due to an overdose in Moree.
In stifling heat, Mr Unicomb and his fellow officers performed chest compressions on the man.
The officers continued resuscitation upon the arrival of paramedics while treatment was delivered and, after a defibrillator was applied, a pulse was found.
This marks Mr Unicomb’s fourth successful resuscitation over his last 15 years as a police officer, including the resuscitation of a man in Coonabarabran in 2016 while he was working in highway patrol.
For his extraordinary efforts, Mr Unicomb was presented with an Assistant Commissioner’s Commendation Award.
Mr Unicomb said it’s always pleasing when you save a life and “literally see the person come back to life in front of you”.
“It offers you some reassurance, because there are many people that you, unfortunately, can’t bring back – and those ones stay with you for a long time,” Mr Unicomb said.
“It takes a massive toll on your mental health when you do your best and the people don’t pull through, so it’s good to be reminded that there are people that are alive thanks to your actions.”
Mr Unicomb is now a senior constable plain clothes operative within the New England Proactive Crime Team, targeting high-risk wanted offenders.
This unit is tasked to locate and apprehend wanted offenders across the New England Police District including Moree, Boggabilla, Mungindi and as far east as Armidale.
PHOTO: Acting Assistant Commissioner Scott Tanner, North Region Commander, congratulates Sr Constable Aaron Unicomb (right) on his commendation award. Photo - Ryan Unicomb