Tribute after the death of an entire police officer who ran to provide first aid to victims of the Manchester Arena bombing

An entire police officer has been hailed after her sudden death.

PC Jane Bridgewater died on November 4 ‘after medical complications’, the British Transport Police confirmed in a statement.

PC Bridgewater, who joined BTP in 1998 and had more than 20 years of service, was among the first officers on the scene after the terrorist bombing of the Manchester Arena in 2017.


She testified at the public inquiry in September and provided detailed information about helping victims Alison Howe and Elaine McIver.

PC Bridgewater was based with the strength of Manchester.

In a statement, Chief Superintendent Glen Alderson said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm that a acting police officer, PC Jane Bridgewater, very sadly died after medical complications on 4 November.

Jane was based in Manchester and had over twenty years of distinguished service within the British Transport Police, which included being one of the first on the scene at the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017.

The British Transport Police have paid tribute

“Our deepest sympathy is with her wife Bernie, her family and all those who knew and loved her.”

On the night of the bombing – on 22 May 2017 – PC Bridgewater was on mobile patrol in Manchester, but was seen on CCTV driving into the City Room blast zone at the Arena just seven minutes after the detonation.

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She testified about the investigation and gave detailed “rescue breaths” to Ms. McIver, who was also a police officer, while she was lying wounded on the floor.

PC Bridgewater also performed chest compression for Mrs. Howe.

The investigation heard that she ‘remained to help the injured for a longer period’ in the urban space at night.

Police on the scene the night of the Arena bomb

Family counselors thanked her for her efforts.

And the chairman of the inquiry, Sir John Saunders, praised her ‘efforts and courage’ – along with all the other BTP officers who responded to the night.

In an interview with Manchester Evening News In the wake of the bombing, PC Bridgewater, from Accrington in Lancashire, said she and another officer ‘went individual to individual and provided first aid and resuscitation’.

She said she was afraid for her own safety but had a job to do.

“I stayed with people, tried to keep them awake and then did everything possible to get them out.”

The arena bombing after an Ariana Grande concert claimed 22 lives and left several hundred people injured.

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