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Officers help save a man’s life in West Essex

Officers help save a man’s life in West Essex

Two of our officers have helped to save a man’s life in West Essex.

Just before 7am yesterday (Saturday, February 3) we received a number of reports from members of the public expressing concern for a man on a bridge overlooking the M25.

Pc Bob Colbert and Pc Dean Young (pictured) were on the scene in less than four minutes and quickly spotted the man sitting on the wrong side of the railings with his legs dangling off the side.

With clock against them, Pc Young began approaching the man whilst Pc Colbert helped to organise a temporary road closure.

After reassuring the man that he was there to help, Pc Young gained his trust and was able to bring him to safety. The man was then taken to hospital for treatment.

Pc Young said: “Incidents like this can often be very challenging but it’s important we try to remain calm to ensure the people involved get the help they need.

“There is nothing more satisfying than being able to help someone, going home and putting your head on the pillow at night knowing you’ve made a difference.”

Pc Young, who was a Special Constable in Southend for four years before joining the force as a Regular, feels his time as a Special has benefited him in his current role.

“I loved my time as a Special and would recommend it to anyone. Volunteering with Essex Police has helped equip me with tools and skills that are really important in my job.”

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