A HUDDERSFIELD special constable has been honoured.
Section officer Sharon Whitehead came second in West Yorkshire Police's Specials awards.
The award follows her quick thinking and professionalism in administering first-aid to a stab victim last year after he was seriously injured in an incident outside a town centre bar.
Sharon, 35 - an accountant in her day job - said she became a special constable by accident. She said: "I wanted to join the regular police, but there was a hold in recruitment.
"Then, when recruiting re-started, it turned out my eyesight wasn't good enough."
Sharon, from Crosland Moor, has been a special constable for 14 years.
She said: "People ask me what I see in it and I just tell them it's part of my life.
"If I didn't go out on duty on a weekend I would be a bit lost.
"It's different from my normal job. Every time I go on shift I don't know what to expect."
Chief Constable Colin Cramphorn handed out the Special Constable of the Year awards at the force's Bishopsgarth centre at Wakefield.
He said: "All our special constables are remarkable people.
"They make a valuable and positive contribution to the force and the communities they work in."