Hero of­fi­cer put him­self in dan­ger to save teenager

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax

A PO­LICE of­fi­cer who pre­vented a teenage girl from fall­ing onto the A40 in Uxbridge is in the run­ning for the Metropoli­tan Po­lice’s Brav­ery of the Year award.

PC Dewayne Hamil­ton had been a po­lice of­fi­cer for just six days when he re­sponded to a call about a girl threat­en­ing to jump from a foot­bridge over the A40, near Swakeleys Round­about on Septem­ber 29, 2014.

Just be­fore po­lice ar­rived, a passer-by had bravely man­aged to grab the girl’s arm through the safety rail of the foot­bridge and held on un­til po­lice ar­rived.

Once at the scene, PC Hamil­ton vaulted over the 6ft rail­ings, at great risk to his own safety, to take over from the mem­ber of the pub­lic who had helped from the pedes­trian side of the rail­ings.

He then put his arm around the girl to stop her fall­ing while his other arm gripped the rail­ings sup­port­ing both of their weight.

While in clear phys­i­cal peril, 25ft above the busy six-lane A40, PC Hamil­ton still man­aged to fo­cus and con­sole the de­spon­dent girl of­fer­ing com­fort and emo­tional sup­port.

A spe­cial­ist crane ar­rived 30 min­utes later and brought both the girl and of­fi­cer down to safety. PC Hamil­ton re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion from the emer­gency ser­vices, and pub­lic who had been stand­ing nearby watch­ing events un­fold.

The girl, who is in her mid-teens, was taken for treat­ment by Lon­don Am­bu­lance but did not suf­fer any se­ri­ous phys­i­cal in­jury dur­ing the in­ci­dent thanks to the heroic ac­tions of PC Hamil­ton.

PC Hamil­ton said: “I am just so 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 very happy we were all able to res­cue her from dan­ger.”

Weeks af­ter the in­ci­dent, PC Hamil­ton was awarded with a Com­mis­sioner’s Com­men­da­tion.

Now, Lon­don­ers are be­ing in­vited to choose the win­ner of the bravest act of po­lice work in 2015 in a pub­lic vote.

In­spec­tor Rob Bryan, who has worked with Dewayne, said: “He turned up al­most ready-made to be the ar­che­typal heroic po­lice of­fi­cer but on top of that he’s a com­pe­tent and en­thu­si­as­tic per­son, which is what we need in the po­lice.

“Dewayne very rarely talks about what was go­ing through his head when he saved that girl, al­though on oc­ca­sions when you do get some­thing out of him, you can see that he thinks about what he did and un­der­stands that he put him­self in dan­ger to help some­one else.

“I think deep down he knows he did some­thing fan­tas­tic that day and I’m proud of him and I’m sure he is too.”

To vote for PC Hamil­ton go to www.met. po­lice.uk/brav­ery-awards

n PRAISE: PC Dewayne Hamil­ton had been a PC for just six days when he an­swered the call to a girl threat­en­ing to jump from a bridge

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