Off-duty officer helps driver in distress
An off-duty Special Constable helped an elderly driver in distress who had been driving on the A130 when his vehicle suddenly broke down.
Special Constable Simon Jesse was off-duty and on his way home from his day job earlier today when he came across a vehicle broken down in an unsafe position on the A130 towards Chelmsford.
He quickly pulled over safely and reported it to our Force Control Room.
While waiting for colleagues to make their way to the scene, he put on a hi-vis jacket and approached the driver to move him into a safer position.
He remained with the driver behind the barrier and lent the man his phone so he could call for recovery until fellow Special Constable, Martin Beale, arrived to bring the traffic to a stop.
Together, Simon and Martin fended off the traffic from the left hand lane and waited with the driver until his vehicle was recovered.
The driver said: “Simon was brilliant, I had no phone with me and Simon stopped and allowed me to call the AA after he informed his colleagues.
“He was absolutely brilliant and I’m so grateful for his help. He was with me within five minutes of me breaking down and really helped me out.”
Simon has volunteered his time with us as a Special Constable for almost two years and often goes above and beyond to help others. Could you give some of your free time to help others? Apply online today to join our Special Constabulary: www.essex.police.uk/specials