Officer commended for saving a man’s life
A police officer has been recognised with top honours from the Chief Constable at a special ceremony at our HQ in Chelmsford.
Pc Warren Lamb received a commendation on August 18 from Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh for his dedication to saving a man’s life in Southend.
In September 2016, Warren was called to an incident in Southend where a distressed man was on the second floor of a multi-storey car park in Southend threatening to jump.
Warren had met the man before and the familiarity between the two enabled him to walk up the ramp to the floor and slowly edge closer to him.
He was mindful that the man could become more emotional if he acted too quickly. He began by sitting on the floor, keeping his distance, and striking up a conversation with the man while slowly edging closer.
After almost an hour of negotiation in an intense situation, Warren had built a good rapport with the man and was able to convince him to climb to safety and go to hospital.
He was then conveyed to hospital under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act.
Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh said: “Warren’s calmness in the face of real risk and threat was of the highest order. Nobody writes how to deal with these situations but people like Warren step up and keep people safe and they often put themselves at risk at the same time. That’s why I’m so proud to be the Chief Constable of Essex because of our remarkable men and women.”