TWO Bromsgrove police constables have been awarded national life-saving honours for bringing their colleague back from the brink of death.

PCs Brian Berry and Jon Rice were dealing with an incident in Warndon on May 10 last year, when they responded to a call saying a fellow officer had collapsed and stopped breathing on a street nearby.

The officers, who are both stationed at Bromsgrove, rushed to the scene and immediately began administrating CPR on PCSO David Anderson, who had already been placed in the recovery position by his partner PCSO Michael Exon.

Paramedics arrived on scene in minutes, but when attempts to revive the unconscious officer were unsuccessful, PCs Berry and Rice continued CPR for around half-an-hour until he could be taken to hospital.

PCSO Anderson, who has since made a full recovery, said: "It was touch and go for quite a while. Effectively I was dead and the three of them brought me back to life.

"It was lucky the two officers were only around the corner.

"I was induced into a coma and fitted with a defibrillator that's wired up to my heart. I suffered short-term memory loss for some time afterwards."

Medics later said the CPR by PCs Berry and Rice played a major role in saving his life.

PCSO Anderson added: "I hadn't spoken to my family in 20 years until I woke up from the coma.

"I emailed both of the officers after to say I probably wouldn't have got to see my mother again if it wasn't for them."

As a result of their heroic actions, PCs Berry and Rice and PCSO Exon have been awarded Royal Humane Society Resuscitation Certificates, and have received personal praise from the society's secretary Andrew Chapman.

Mr Chapman said: "[CPR is] a very strenuous procedure but these two officers persevered and as a result the life of their colleague was saved.

"All three officers richly deserve the awards they are to receive for their part in saving the life of PCSO Anderson."