Hero officer put himself in danger to save teenager
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