A STAB victim and the police officer who saved his life have formed a special bond.
PC Richard Thompson, 26, was called to an incident in Portland Street, Accrington, last month after Craig Sykes, 21, had his jugular vein severed with a shard of glass from a broken mirror, resulting in massive bleeding.
When PC Thompson arrived on the scene just after 3am on Thursday 14 February he found Craig saturated in blood.
PC Thompson said: "Craig was applying some pressure to the wound with a towel and was still standing upright. I managed to get him in the recovery position and applied pressure to the wound.
"He was drifting in and out of consciousness and I kept trying to keep him calm."
The former lifeguard has first-aid training and had been in emergency situations before the incident but he said it was one of the bloodiest he had every seen.
He said: "I told him to focus on me but there was a time when he was out of it for over 10 seconds. I thought he was gone."
He went to the Royal Blackburn Hospital with Craig, who was admitted for four days.
Since then, the two have exchanged mobile numbers and regularly chat.
PC Thompson said: "I am just so glad to see him alive."
Father-of-one Craig, of Slaidburn Drive, Accrington, now feels PC Thompson should receive a commendation for his efforts.
He said: "I wouldn’t be here for my son Deacon if it wasn’t for PC Thompson. I was very lucky and I am so grateful to him.
"This experience has made me want to turn my life around."
* A man has been charged with wounding with intent and will appear at Preston Crown Court.