PC’S LIFESAVING FIRST WEEK IN JOB
New constable and member of the public rescue bridge jump teenager
ATEENAGE girl was dramatically rescued from an A40 bridge by a quick-thinking member of the public and a hero police officer in his first week on the job.
Police closed the dual carriageway in both directions at Swakeleys Roundabout on Monday morning, after arriving on the scene to find a girl, in her mid-teens, had attempted to jump from the bridge.
A passing member of the public had managed to grab the girl’s arm through the safety rail and held on, leaving the youngster dangling over the road below.
PC Dewayne Hamilton, in his first week of work with Hillingdon Police, then vaulted the railings and put his arm around the girl to stop her falling.
He said afterwards: “I am just glad I was there and able to make a difference. I have a child about this girl’s age and all I could think about was saving her. I am so happy we were all able to rescue her from danger.”
London Fire Brigade (LFB) and London Ambulance Service (LAS) attended and were able to get a harness around the girl to help secure her.
A specialist cherry picker crane was then used to reach the girl and bring her to safety, before returning to bring down PC Hamilton.
The girl was taken to hospital for treatment. She did not suffer any serious physical injury during the rescue and both her and her family are receiving support.
Motorist Julia Pons, one of the first on the scene, said: “We were all visibly shaken and extremely concerned about the girl. She is all I have thought about since we saw her.”
Inspector Lindsey Hannigan, of Hillingdon Police, paid tribute to all those involved in the rescue and said: “This 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.
“The emergency services worked seamlessly together and I pay tribute to the work of our colleagues.”
Drivers travelling along the A40 were hit with delays during the incident, with queues stretching back eastbound to the M40, in Denham, and westbound beyond the Polish War Memorial, in Ruislip.
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■ SAVIOUR: PC Dewayne Hamilton is taken back to ground level after the rescue