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'Miracle' officer marks tenth anniversary of motorbike crash

25 June, 2019

British Transport
Police Federation
June 25, 2019

'Miracle' officer marks tenth anniversary of motorbike crash


Ten years on from an on-duty motorbike crash which could have ended his life, let alone his career, a BTP officer is raising money for the Air Ambulance which saved him.

In April 2009, PC Alvon May was working with the BTP West Coast Motorcycle Response Unit (since disbanded) when he and a colleague responded to call to a report of youths throwing objects onto the rail tracks near Milton Keynes.

Alvon, who now works as an Intelligence Development Officer, recalls: "We approached a bend in the road. My partner was ahead of me and went around the corner and the next thing I knew a car was coming straight towards me. I have no memory of the impact but apparently my right leg smashed into the wheel arch of the car and I was thrown off the bike.

"I remember lying on the ground unable to breathe and then suddenly there were people all around me - police officers, paramedics, and the Air Ambulance landed nearby.

    


Alvon suffered life-changing injuries including spinal fractures, a collapsed lung, major breaks to most of his right side including an open leg fracture and a shattered knee. Doctors resuscitated him twice at the roadside before he was airlifted to hospital by the Thames Valley Air Ambulance. There he spent a week in an induced coma in intensive care, followed by eight weeks in the trauma ward.

"I don't remember anything of those initial few days," Alvon said. "I woke up about halfway through the first week in the trauma ward thinking 'I'll be back at work soon', not realising how serious it was. "While they were toying with amputating my leg, I was thinking about the job I loved and wanting to get back to it."

Alvon had a series of operations, spent six months in a wheelchair and gradually returned to work after 18 months. Three years on from the accident he resumed his duties as a response officer.

This September, he will walk 21 miles along the River Thames from Caversham Lock at Reading to RAF Benson in Berkshire where the Thames Valley Air Ambulance is based; that's one mile for each operation he went through.

Alvon's wife Wendy came up with the idea of walking the Thames Path. She will accompany him along the route and at key points they will be joined by their young son, who has donated his £5 pocket money to the fundraiser.

Anniversaries can be a time for looking forward as well as reflecting on the past. Alvon told us he feels his outlook on life is different since the accident.

He explained: "At the time I was off work our son was born and I got to spend more than a year with him, which wouldn't have happened if I was still on shift work. I'm certainly more positive now than I was then; I take enjoying life more seriously because I know how quickly it can go."

Alvon has almost reached his original target of £1,000; exceeding it will be a great boost to the Air Ambulance. If you would like to follow Luca's lead and support his dad, you can make a donation via his Justgiving page here