Police Federation

Awards nominee: West Mercia

Officers save fleeing suspect from drowning

PCs Lee Phillips and Christopher Donovan rescued a vulnerable man from a fast-flowing river in the middle of winter. The force received a call in the early hours to say a man was behaving inappropriately in Shrewsbury town centre. In his attempt to escape, he jumped over a fence down to the riverside. He entered the water and was seen struggling. The officers got into the river and pulled him out, administering first aid before an ambulance arrived.

“It is with no doubt that without the bravery, commitment and diligence of PC Phillips and PC Donovan this man would likely have died,” said West Mercia's Federation Chair, Sarah Cooper.

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