A 50-year-old police officer saved the lives of two people in early October, the targets of a violent assault in Toulouse. This Tuesday morning, he received the Medal of Honor from the National Assembly.
“I only did my job”. Simple, humble and discreet, Pierre * does not wish to pass for a hero. However, on October 7, while going to work in Toulouse as he has done for 28 years in the police, he came across a woman seriously injured in the head. “She had a significant injury, I made a point of compression and I immediately warned the firefighters”, testifies this 50-year-old policeman.
When he comes to the aid of this victim, the latter tells him that she has been the target of an assault. A man allegedly hit him with a bottle. “I remain a police officer, out of habit, I took the necessary information and I received my colleagues,” he slips. But a few minutes later, while he is at the bedside of this woman, the latter’s companion introduces himself to the police officer and explains to him that he was also assaulted. “He had two wounds on his back, he told me he had been hit with a screwdriver,” said the official. The time that the help is carried out on the scene, this police officer will stay “to reassure, support” the two victims. Thanks to his reactivity, the suspect of this assault was arrested a few hours later. “I only did my job, my quality as a police officer allowed me to keep my cool and not be overwhelmed by my emotions,” adds this man. When he tells this scene to colleagues from the Alliance police nationale union, the members decide to bring to the attention of local elected officials, what Pierre * does to save the lives of these two people.
The deputy Pierre Cabaré (1st constituency of Haute-Garonne, LREM) decided to give him the medal of the National Assembly. This “symbolic” distinction can be offered by a deputy in order to reward an individual whom he wishes to honor. “This medal is primarily for you but also to reward the work of all the police officers”, underlined the elected during the presentation of this medal this Tuesday morning in Toulouse. “I dedicate it to all of my colleagues, our job is not only to challenge, we can help”, simply declared the honored when receiving this medal. “It is an elected representative of the people who awards this medal and it is very symbolic”, rejoiced Philippe Lavenu, regional secretary of the Alliance Police union at the end of the ceremony.