After having assisted a couple in October when he was not on duty, a Toulouse policeman received a medal on Tuesday (November 29th) from a deputy from Haute-Garonne, to underline his “commitment”.
“I want to put the facts into perspective, I didn’t do anything extraordinary”. Arnaud * is slightly surprised. This Toulouse policeman receives a medal from the National Assembly on the morning of Tuesday, November 30, from Pierre Cabaré, deputy (LREM) for the first constituency of Haute-Garonne.
This medal – which is a gift and not an official decoration – can be returned by Members to individuals who “worked for the benefit of others”, explains Pierre Cabaré.
Arnaud believes, however, that he did “what everyone would have done”. It is 8 a.m., this Thursday, October 7, 2021, when the policeman, who was not on duty that day, crosses a woman lying on the ground. His scalp is open. He stops at his height.
“She tells me that she was attacked by an individual who smashed a bottle on her head”, he explains. Arnaud gives him a pressure point and calls for help. He reports the facts to a crew of municipal police officers on bicycles passing by. “Very responsive”, they will challenge the author a little later.
Then comes the woman’s companion, who has received two blows of a screwdriver in the back, from the same individual. Arnaud recalls the emergency services, which “took 40 minutes to arrive. So I did the compression points for 40 minutes”.
“I didn’t do anything heroic in itself, only a squeeze point”, notes the policeman. “I am not a savior”.
“It is precisely because everyone can do this act that I want to reward him”, slice Pierre Cabaré. “It is important to know that with this medal, it is also the whole of the police force that I want to reward”.
It was Arnaud’s colleagues who told the deputy “that he deserved it”. He adds : “I am used to trusting the commitment of his colleagues, whom I recognized in him”. Beyond this medal, Pierre Cabaré wishes to highlight the whole “the work of the police, which they do in difficult conditions, with a constant questioning of their authority”.
* The first name has been changed, the police officer concerned wishes to remain anonymous