A man whose life was saved by four police officers when he suffered a heart attack had to chance to thank them when he was reunited with the heroes.

Robert Barker was given CPR by the officers after falling gravely ill on January 17, 2023, in Camden.

PCs Tigwell, Okamback, Priestly and Clift, all from Kentish Town Police Station, rushed to help Mr Barker, working with the London Ambulance Service to give him CPR until he was taken to hospital.

Mr Barker, who says he has no recollection of the day, said their “swift action” is the reason he is still alive.

The four received their awards at a ceremony for officers across Camden and Islington at the Emirates Stadium on January 31.

Ham & High: PC Okamback (left) and PC Tigwell (right) with Mr BarkerPC Okamback (left) and PC Tigwell (right) with Mr Barker (Image: Met Police)

Mr Barker attended so he could express his gratitude.

He said: “It’s an honour to be here at the awards ceremony to thank the four officers who aided in saving my life.

“The Met reached out to inform me that the officers would be awarded for their great work and I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to attend to meet them once again.

“I have no recollection of that day but I was informed by the hospital that I suffered a heart attack, which resulted in one officer administering CPR, saving my life.

“Each officer played a pivotal role to ensure my safety and inform my family of the incident. Their swift actions are why I am here today and I’m thankful to the Met for inviting me to express my gratitude.”

Chief Superintendent Andy Carter, who is in charge of policing in Central North area, which covers Camden and Islington, said: “The Met is building A New Met for London and a crucial part of this is helping our officers and staff to succeed.

“These brilliant officers have demonstrated passion, professionalism and courage while policing the streets of Camden and Islington. The awards ceremony was an opportunity to not only acknowledge but celebrate hard work on delivering the Met’s priorities of less crime, more trust, and high standards.

“Once again, I would like to thank my officers for their diligence and contribution to making London a safer place.”