A police officer has been praised after he saved a young girl’s life.
At about 11:00hrs today, Monday, 29 September, police were called to reports of a woman threatening to jump from a footbridge over the A40, near Swakeleys Roundabout, Hillingdon.
Officers had only just arrived when a young girl jumped from the bridge.
A member of the public managed to grab the girlâ€™s arm through the safety rail of the footbridge and held on. A young police officer then vaulted the railings and put his arm around the girl to stop her falling.
There was then a terrifying ordeal, lasting several minutes, with the officer and the girl dangling over the road while they waited for further help.
The London Fire Brigade (LFB) and London Ambulance Service (LAS) attended and were able to get a harness around the girl to help secure her.
However, it required the LFB to bring in a specialist â€˜Cherry Pickerâ€™ crane to reach the girl and bring her to safety. Both LAS and LFB went up on the â€˜Cherry Pickerâ€™ to rescue the girl. When she had been lowered to the ground they went back up to bring down the officer.
The girl, who is in her mid-teens, was taken for treatment by LAS. She did not suffer any serious physical injury during the rescue. Both her and her family are receiving support.
Inspector Lindsey Hannigan, of Hillingdon Police, paid tribute to all those involved in the rescue and said: â€œThis was an incredibly courageous act by the officer. What makes this even more impressive is that this officer only arrived at Hillingdon Borough one week ago as a probationer constable. His action, which placed his own life in danger, was an extraordinary act of bravery. I would also like to pass on my sincere thanks to those members of the public who helped stop the girl falling and then stayed with her throughout the ordeal. All three emergency services worked seamlessly together and I pay tribute to the work of our colleagues in the LFB and LAS.”
PC Dewayne Hamilton, of Hillingdon police, who held the young girl to stop her falling, said: â€œI am so just glad I was there and able to make difference. I have child about this girlâ€™s age and all I could think about was saving her. I am so very happy we were all able to rescue her from danger.â€