Police Federation

Awards nominee: Hertfordshire

Cop goes the extra mile to rescue drowning woman

PC Joshua Darton rescued a young and vulnerable missing woman who was found in a river clinging to a steep bank in the early hours of the morning. Having pulled her from the water, he carried her in a fireman’s lift for around a mile across marshland to ensure she could receive medical treatment since the area was only accessible on foot.

“Joshua acted in the finest traditions of policing,” says Geoff Bardell, the chair of Hertfordshire Police Federation which put the officer forward for the award, “He may have only been young in service but he instinctively acted to save a complete stranger’s life.”

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