A POLICEMAN who prevented a suicide and a potential pile-up on a busy Ilkeston road will be honoured for his bravery by the Royal Humane Society.
Pc John Aldred grabbed a man who was threatening to jump to his death from a footbridge over Chalons Way and pulled him back to safety.
The man, who was on the wrong side of the railings when Pc Aldred arrived, could have plummeted to his death or suffered serious injury on the busy dual carriageway below.
Pc Aldred has been awarded a Royal Humane Society testimonial on parchment for his action on the afternoon of March 20.
In addition to the award he has also won the personal praise of Dick Wilkinson, secretary of the Royal Humane Society.
Describing what happened, Mr Wilkinson said: “The man was threatening to jump from the bridge.
“Motorists alerted police that he was on the wrong side of the railings on the bridge and apparently threatening suicide.
“PC Aldred was first on the scene and by the time he arrived the man was hanging by his hands from the railings.
“He was clearly drunk and his former partner was there as well.
“Despite the risk to himself Pc Aldred climbed on to the bottom part of the ralings and grabbed the man by his collar.
“He was unable to pull him up this way though so reached down to the waistband of his trousers and by doing this managed to pull him back over the railings.
“It was a magnificent effort on the part of PC Aldred and must have taken a good deal of strength.
“Pc Aldred formed an instant view of what needed to be done, managed to get hold of the man and haul him back to safety.
“The man would almost certainly have been killed or catastrophically injured if he had fallen on to the road below and it could have caused a multiple vehicle crash.
“PC Aldred richly deserves the award he is to receive.
“This really was a situation where the long arm of the law saved the day.”
A date for the presentation of the award, which has been made on the recommendation of Derbyshire Police, has not yet been fixed but will take place soon.