Police staff member wins bravery award for saving woman's life in Malvern - The Malvern Observer

Police staff member wins bravery award for saving woman's life in Malvern

Malvern Editorial 31st Jan, 2023 Updated: 31st Jan, 2023   0

A STAFF member of West Mercia Police has won a bravery award after saving a woman’s life in Malvern.

The employee was awarded the accolade at West Mercia Police’s Quality Policing Awards.

The staff member, from the force’s Traffic Processing Unit, was walking home from work over Malvern Link Common when she noticed a woman in distress walking her dog towards train tracks.

She called to her and she replied, saying she ‘did not want to be here anymore’.

A train was fast-approaching, the staff member leapt forward, grabbing the woman and her dog back from harm.

Her citation added that, still to this day, she went about her normal working days believing what happened was something ‘little’, but it was not.

It added she deserved to be recognised and praised for the bravery and compassion she showed.”

The Quality Policing Awards

The awards ceremony, the first of its kind, was held on Friday at West Midlands Safari Park to celebrate and honour officers, staff and volunteers.

The accolades recognised those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to protect people from harm and keep communities across the counties covered by the force safe.

A ‘Community Thank You’ award was also introduced to give the force the chance to  thank members of the public who had volunteered on schemes, giving their precious time, skills and commitment to help make positive changes in their communities.

More than 33 nominees from across 11 categories attended, all of whom had been nominated by the community or their colleagues for putting their own lives at risk or simply going the extra mile to make a difference.

The event was attended by Chief Constable Pippa Mills, Deputy Chief Constable Alex Murray, Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion, and the Deputy Lord Lieutenants for Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Extraordinary efforts’

Ms Mills said: “I’m incredibly proud of the outstanding work my officers, staff and volunteers do to protect people from harm and make our communities safer.

“When I arrived as Chief Constable in West Mercia Police, right at the top of my list was to amplify and recognise these extraordinary efforts and the excellent service that is delivered daily to our communities.

“It was an honour and a privilege to hear the brilliant examples of the positive impact the nominees have had – their achievements represent the very best traditions of policing – putting the public first, being courageous, showing compassion, taking ownership and being inclusive.”

The event was fully funded through sponsorship and West Mercia Police want to thank Axon, BidvestNoonan, CDW, Intaforensics, NextBase, Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion, SCC, Red Snapper Group, TTC, Virgin Media O2 Business, XPS Host.


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