Five people who saved the life of a man in Fishermead have been commended by Thames Valley Police’s chief constable.
Fire officers Kevin Mercer and John Williams, PC Matthew Waters and two other police officers who do not wish to be named saved a man who had climbed over the railings of a bridge in an attempt to take his own life.
The man released his grip during the incident, which occurred on February 13 near Saxon Street, but the officers’ bravery and assistance saved the man’s life.
PC Waters was a member of the roads policing department at the time of the incident, but has since left the force.
Twenty people and Albert, the police horse, were commended for their hard work by Chief Constable Francis Habgood during a ceremony at Holdsworth Hall, Sulhamstead Force Training Centre, Sulhamstead, yesterday, Wednesday.
Also recognised were Det Con Chris Bigg (pictured), PC Paul Broughall, Det Con Mark Burgess, Acting Det Insp Matt Darnell, PC Melissa Lee, and a Detective Chief Inspector, a PC, a police analyst, a member of police staff from Force Intelligence Hub and a CPS representative who do not wish to be named.
The group was commended for exceptional performance in Operation Dendra, which led to seven men being jailed in August last year.
The prolific criminal gang were convicted of over 170 crimes of theft and burglary in the Milton Keynes area. All seven men pleaded guilty to the charges they faced and were jailed for a total of 33 years.
Chief Constable 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.”