Chelmsford: Chief Constable’s Commendation
Main article content
Eoin Delaney has been commended by Essex Police Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington for his bravery, compassion and quick-thinking actions which undoubtedly helped to save a man’s life.
With the recent easing of Coronavirus regulations, Mr Harrington has been able to recommence his recognition of not only our officers and staff but also members of the public who help us to keep people safe.
A Chief Constable’s Commendation is one of the highest honours Mr Harrington can bestow.
Early on 5 January 2020, Mr Delaney and his partner Sammie Power were driving along the A414 when he saw a man standing by the railings of a bridge.
While Miss Power called Essex Police, Mr Delaney talked to the visibly-distressed man.
When a police officer arrived, he and Mr Delaney were able to get the man to safety.
“We were coming back from some friends when we saw the man. It was after midnight and it was weird for him to be there, in a place with no houses, so we pulled up and got out to see if he was alright.
“I gestured at Sammie to call the police because something clearly wasn’t right. It’s hard to describe how upset he was but I tried to calm him down, talk to him and hold on to him until police arrived.
“It’s nice to have the recognition but I’ve never felt as though it was something exceptional to do. I feel it should be something anyone would do if they were in that situation.
“You’ve got to show people that there’s someone there for them even if you’ve no idea who they are. If something’s not going well for them, you’ve got to show them somebody cares.”
“I often say the police are the public and the public are the police. The police are citizens in uniform and Mr Delaney stepped up and helped to prevent devastation and trauma for the man’s family.
“Many people would have stood back but he got involved and I thank him for that.”
Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington
Keep updated: Like, Follow, Share
To keep updated about the work our officers and staff do, day in and day out across Essex, to help people, keep you safe and catch criminals, Like, Follow and Share our posts on social media and sign up to receive our weekly newsletter.
Find out more at: www.essex.police.uk/socialmedia