Brave firefighters who helped save suicidal woman are awarded

Watch Commander Kevin Mercer, Broughton Fire Station (pictured top left with Chief Constable Francis Habgood) and firefighter John Williams, Broughton Fire Station (pictured top right)
Watch Commander Kevin Mercer, Broughton Fire Station (pictured top left with Chief Constable Francis Habgood) and firefighter John Williams, Broughton Fire Station (pictured top right)

Two firefighters have been commended for their exceptional act of bravery after saving a woman intent on taking her own life.

The woman, who has not been named, climbed over the railings of a bridge near Saxon Street, Fishermead, on the evening of February 13.

The officers managed to bring the woman to safety even after she released her grip on the bridge.

Watch Commander Kevin Mercer, Broughton Fire Station and firefighter John Williams, Broughton Fire Station were among those awarded for their bravery by Francis Habgood, Thames Valley Police’s Chief Constable.

The ceremony Berkshire also recognised the hard work and achievements of 15 other people and a police horse.

Mr Habgood said: “I am delighted to have commended officers and staff for their hard work and dedication.

“The cases are excellent examples of the contribution that they have made to protecting the public of Thames Valley through high quality investigations, significant reviews and acts of bravery. They are great examples of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”

Group Commander Calum Bell from Bucks Fire & Rescue Service’s, said: “I am extremely proud of the actions of both John and Kevin which, through their involvement with officers from Thames Valley Police, brought to safety a woman who was intent on taking her own life.

“Not only did they save a life, but they also demonstrated in a quick and decisive manner the very behaviours which are at the core of our values.”

At its meeting yesterday, Bucks & Milton Keynes Fire Authority, led by Councillor Adrian Busby, Chairman, and Jason Thelwell, Chief Fire Officer, sent its congratulations to Kevin and John.