Off duty police worker wades through water to save baby girl in Todmorden

Tracy Pritchard who rescued a woman and her new baby from the floods.
Tracy Pritchard who rescued a woman and her new baby from the floods.

An off-duty police worker who risked her life to wade into a torrent of waist-high water and rescue a two-week old baby girl in Todmorden has won a Royal Humane Soceity Award.

Tracy Pritchard lifted tiny Daisy Swift, who was just 17 days old, out of a stricken car in Rochdale Road as the water crashed around her.

She then carried Daisy back to her house while Daisy’s mother, Zoe Whittaker, followed with her other daughter. At the time Tracy said: “I didn’t really think about it. I just made my way towards her and managed to get the car door open. Then I told her to pass me the baby and follow me.”

Tracy works on the counter at Todmorden Police Station but as a civilian has had no training to deal with an emergency on such a scale.

Earlier that night, in June 2012, Tracy, who lives in Daleside in Todmorden, had also offered an elderly resident and his severely disabled son sanctuary at her home giving them warmth and comfort.

Tracy received the award for her selfless act of bravery.

Sergeant Michael Bowden collected the award on her behalf.