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PC Dewayne Hamilton a rookie officer awarded for lifesaving actions

October 31, 2014, 5:12 pm

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A constable who helped to save a suicidal girl falling from a pedestrian footbridge into oncoming traffic has today, Friday, 31 October, received a special award.

New recruit PC Dewayne Hamilton was awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation following his first official parade as a Met constable at Peel Centre in Hendon.

He is one of 211 new recruits who have ‘Passed Out’ today in the presence of Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey, senior officers across London and loved ones.

On the morning of Monday, 29 September, Dewayne, 36, was just six days in service in the borough of Hillingdon when his team responded to a call about a girl threatening to jump from a footbridge over the A40, near Swakeleys Roundabout.

Prior to the police attending, a passer-by had bravely managed to grab the girls arm through the safety rail of the footbridge to hold on to her until the emergency services arrived. Once at the scene, Dewayne vaulted over the 6ft railings and put his arm around the girl to stop her falling whilst his other arm was gripped to the railings.

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) and London Ambulance Service (LAS) attended and were able to get a harness around the girl to help secure her.

Dewayne and the girl remained suspended approximately 25ft above the busy six-lane A40 for several minutes whilst a specialist ‘Cherry Picker crane was driven to the scene.

Once the specialist crane arrived, and the girl was brought down to safety, Dewayne received a standing ovation from the emergency services, members of the public and people who had been standing beside their cars watching events unfold.

Subsequently the girl, who is in her mid-teens, was taken for treatment by LAS. She did not suffer any serious physical injury during the rescue. Both her and her family are receiving support.

PC Dewayne Hamilton, said: “I’m deeply honoured to have received this award this afternoon. Hearing the events being recited today was an emotional experience and it left me with a heavy heart. I am so grateful for all the support from everyone in this organisation I’m so proud to officially be now part of.”

Detective Chief Superintendent Nick Downing, Borough commander for Hillingdon, said: “This courageous act has touched us all and I am delighting to be welcoming Dewayne to Hillingdon. It was clear from the start that Dewayne displayed incredible humility for his actions and his outstanding qualities will now go into proudly serving our communities.”

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