Fast-flowing river rescue sees West Mercia officer nominated for bravery award - The Evesham Observer

Fast-flowing river rescue sees West Mercia officer nominated for bravery award

Evesham Editorial 13th Jun, 2023   0

A WEST Mercia Police officer has been nominated for a Police Bravery Award after risking his life to save a man from drowning.

PC Chris Rogers, 35, has been put forward for the award after he jumped into a river to save the man who had fallen from a 30-foot-tall bridge.

The man, who was believed to be intoxicated, landed face down in the river and was unconscious, resulting in Chris running hundreds of metres before jumping in and swimming out to save the man.

The incident occurred when Chris, who joined the police in 2008, described how ‘two intoxicated men’ tried to enter a scene he was guarding.

He said: “We prevented them from entering the scene after which they climbed up onto a bridge. “Then, all of a sudden, one of them just fell.

“I immediately ran to towards the water and chucked off my stab vest.

“I jumped in to find the man face down, unconscious and floating.

“I couldn’t see his chest going up and down. He wasn’t breathing.”

Chris then turned the man over and began CPR before pulling the man to the riverbank to continue the chest compressions to get him breathing again.

The bravery awards are organised each year by the Police Federation of England and Wales.

Along with nominees from police forces across England and Wales, Chris will be attending this year’s awards ceremony on July 13 in London.

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