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Double award for police hero

Calderdale Detention officer  Nigel Tomlinson when he received a West Yorkshire Police award earlier this year from Assistant Chief Constable John Robins

Calderdale Detention officer Nigel Tomlinson when he received a West Yorkshire Police award earlier this year from Assistant Chief Constable John Robins

“I was just doing my job” - that is the view of a police detention officer who risked his own life to save that of a man trying to jump off a bridge in Halifax.

Nigel Tomlinson, who works at Halifax Police Station in a civilian role, has been given two awards for his heroic efforts on May 18 last year.

Mr Tomlinson, who lives in Rastrick, was driving home when he spotted a man standing on the wrong side of the safety barrier on the Burdock Way fly-over.

He stopped his car, ran over to the man, who is from Halifax, and grabbed his arms to stop him from jumping.

Mr Tomlinson, 50, said: “You don’t expect it in this job. You just do your duty. It’s an unwritten rule as a member of the civilian staff that you help others.”

Earlier this year Mr Tomlinson received a commendation from the then Assistant Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police (current Temporary Deputy Chief Constable) John Robins and later this year he will be given a Royal Humane Society certificate of commendation

 

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