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APOLICEMAN who saved a drown­ing man’s life has been nom­i­nated for a na­tional brav­ery award.

PC Mo­hammed Nadeem, from Rochdale, has been named as a fi­nal­ist in the Am­pli­fon Awards for Brave Bri­tons 2018.

He had only been in his job for nine months when he an­swered a call on his ra­dio about a man in distress at the bot­tom of the bank­ing of the River Ir­well in Bury in Fe­bru­ary this year.

PC Nadeem’s life-sav­ing ac­tion has earned him a place in the fi­nals of the award’s ‘Ser­vice To Their Coun­try’ cat­e­gory.

The of­fi­cer was first on the scene and af­ter scram­bling nine feet down the bank­ing he found the man on a mo­bile phone – he later learned he was call­ing the po­lice.

He be­gan talk­ing to the man who sud­denly lost his foot­ing and fell back into the swollen river.

With­out a mo­ment’s thought for his own safety, PC Nadeem plunged in af­ter him and for the next 20 min­utes fought to get the man back to the bank­ing and safety.

PC Nadeem said: “I was wear­ing my full uni­form but I never thought about the risk. I could see just the man’s hands show­ing above the wa­ter. As soon as I got in it was head deep and freez­ing cold.

“Hav­ing my body gear on, weigh­ing a lot ex­tra, it pulled me down.

“I couldn’t feel my legs and I couldn’t even speak, I was just stut­ter­ing.”

His heav­ily preg­nant wife did not know about the res­cue and it was only when the story made the head­lines and then through so­cial me­dia it went around the globe, that she found out.

His col­leagues dubbed him The Hoff af­ter Bay­watch star David Has­sel­hoff. Af­ter he picked up a na­tional Po­lice Brav­ery Award, he was amazed when The Hoff ap­peared on the screen to con­grat­u­late him.

PC Nadeem, is pas­sion­ate about his job de­spite it be­ing stress­ful. He said: “If I can do some­thing that makes some­one else’s life bet­ter. When I res­cued the man, I didn’t think of the risks.

“Sav­ing him is the best feel­ing in the job. We are there to pro­tect peo­ple, to save peo­ple. When I re­ceived the brav­ery award, I couldn’t have asked for more. But it was not just for me it was for all po­lice of­fi­cers.”

PC Nadeem will at­tend The Am­pli­fon Awards for Brave Bri­tons fi­nals lun­cheon at the Army and Navy Club, on Pall Mall, Lon­don, on Oc­to­ber 16, where Falk­lands War hero Si­mon We­ston will present the awards.

●●PC Mo­hammed Nadeem has been nom­i­nated for a na­tional brav­ery award fol­low­ing his river res­cue

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