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Police officer who saved woman on London Road Bridge is a 'true hero'; He jumped from his moving vehicle to assist the woman.

Byline: Olivia Baron

A police officer who saved a woman from London Road Bridge in Preston has been described by his colleague as a 'true hero'.

Preston Police Officer, Carmen Whittle, was following a suspicious vehicle down London Road with her colleague in the early hours of Sunday 20 January.

All of a sudden, she noticed a woman climbing over the River Ribble bridge, near Walton-leDale.

Carmen shouted to her colleague and immediately slowed the vehicle down as her colleague took it upon himself to jump out of the moving vehicle.

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She said: "I was driving as we had seen a suspicious car. We started following the car and got ready to stop the vehicle.

"As we reached the bridge I spotted and shouted to my colleague 'What's that woman doing?'.

"He looked at me, I slammed on, and he then jumped out as the car was still moving.

"I managed to stop the car. I then jumped out and ran around the car to get to them."

In the moments leading up, Carmen was initially in a panic.

She continued: "It was a bit of a panic. First of all, I thought have I killed my colleague? I lost sight of them because it was on the passenger side. And had she jumped? I was expecting to hear a splash.

"But he had managed to drag her over by himself."

Carmen's colleague, who wants to remain anonymous, caught the woman by the arms as she went over the other side.

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Carmen continued: "He did a fantastic job. He wants to stay anonymous and says he was just doing his job, doing what anyone else would have done.

"He is the true hero. He was there and he acted."

The woman has now received the help that she needs.

Carmen described how they've never experienced anything like this incident before, however they have helped many others with mental health problems.

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She has previously helped to talk people down from Preston Bus Station and recognises how mental health is such a big problem at the moment.

Thankfully, this particular incident had a good ending.

Carmen continued: "If it wasn't for that car we would not have been there. I think that woman had someone watching over her.

"It was only after the hospital we got back into their car and could think 'what was that?'. My colleague is still like that at the moment.

"He can't stop reading the news articles. That's probably his first experience at something like that, whereas I have had nearly 17 years in the job.

"He did a fantastic job. He is the true hero of the day."


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Publication:Accrington Observer (Chadderton, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 7, 2019
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