We have all seen the do-gooders who have far too much time on their hands and take pictures of emergency services personnel who DARE to have a break. The same emergency services personnel, who they would call on in their darkest moment of need for help.
The sort of people who take these pictures, and send them into various “news” outlets, are clearly so bored with their lives, that they no doubt hope to become some sort of ‘celebrity’ with their utterly boring ‘exclusives’.
I am also going to take a bet here, and make an assumption that anyone who has ever taken a picture of a member, or members, of the emergency services whilst they have a break, would never actually have the bottle to do a job that could require them to give their own lives up, in order that someone else’s life, a complete stranger, could be saved.
And let us not forget, that is was under one year ago that pure evil hit the streets of Manchester in the form of the disgrace to humanity who murdered revellers at a concert. But the clown who tweeted the picture below, clearly has a short memory.
But some numpty, felt that a PCSO and Police Officer DARING to stop for a break, just had to be addressed.
Greater Manchester Police’s City Centre team posted their own response to the bore-me-later-message posted by the do-gooder via their Facebook page, and went into detail over the hard work the two officers ‘spotted’ in the picture had taken on in recent days.
“One of the police officers recently gave first aid to a man whose face was slashed, while the PCSO works 10 hour shifts on his feet every day” they said.
The message, written by Inspector Phil Spurgeon, said: “Thankfully, the vast majority are happy to see our staff and understand that taking a break in public means we can still respond to stuff, and continue to engage with our communities. It’s only a handful that take sneaky pictures like this and unfairly criticise.
“For info, that’s PCSO B. He’ll be on his feet all day during a 10 hour shift, helping people and dealing with anti-social behaviour across the city centre, but focussing on Chinatown and the surrounding areas.
“He’s with PC S. He’s on his feet all day too, dealing with ASB and crime, and saving lives. Last weekend he gave first aid to a man who had his face slashed from the edge of his mouth to his ear.
“Recently, he gave CPR to a man and saved his life. PC S is modest about his work; he didn’t tell us about saving the man’s life – the paramedic did, and so did the man’s daughter who wrote to us and said thanks for saving her dad’s life.
“If you see our staff and they’re not keeping to the high standards you and I expect, we have no issue with fair criticism and we’ll deal with that.
“But if they’re just taking a well earned break, and doing that in the public eye, please give them the support they need, even if that’s just saying hi.”
Insp Spurgeon said since he published the message there has been an overwhelming show of support towards the officers from the public.
And so there should be!
We need MORE senior officers to nip this ‘spotted’ rubbish in the bud, and have the same sense of leadership as Inspector Phil Spurgoen, who is a credit to the rank he represents, based on his willingness to stand up for his troops.
Written by ‘Cop(ex)’. Chief Admin of Emergency Services Humour, and editor of our fortnightly satirical emergency-services-related digital magazine, that contains ALL of our BEST content! – CLICK HERE for more info