Praise from top cop for rescue pair

Rescue: Special Constable Jon Sayer by the stretch of the River Calder in Todmorden from which he helped pull the man to safety
Rescue: Special Constable Jon Sayer by the stretch of the River Calder in Todmorden from which he helped pull the man to safety
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TWO heroes have been praised for saving a man from a fast-flowing river.

Volunteer police officer Jon Sayer – who used to be a lifeguard – and an 18-year-old passer-by pulled the man from a swollen River Calder in Todmorden.

Divisional commander of Calderdale Police Chief Superintendent Chris Hardern commended the pair, saying: “Without a second thought for their own safety, these two men put their lives at risk to help to save the life of another.”

Special Constable Sayer was called to the river off Halifax Road, near its junction with Key Sike Lane, at 12.30am on Saturday to reports of a man in the water.

The teenage passer-by was already getting in the water, Special Constable Sayer joined him and the pair managed to pull the man to safety.

The man suffered a head injury and is receiving hospital treatment.

Special Constable Sayer, who is a scout leader and a self-employed plumber by day, said: “Any officer in my position at that time would have done the same thing.

“It’s all in a day’s work.”

Special Constables are a force of trained volunteers who have the same powers as regular officers and provide a valuable resource to the division.

They spend around four hours a week doing policing work, often working closely with the district’s neighbourhood policing teams doing work in the community.

Last year they carried out £139,000 worth of policing in Calderdale.

For more information about becoming a special constable call Sgt Hartley on 01422 337238.