Volunteer police officer who rescued man from river in Todmorden gets bravery award

Award: Special Constable Jon Sayer with Chief Superintendent Chris Hardern at the scene of the rescue
Award: Special Constable Jon Sayer with Chief Superintendent Chris Hardern at the scene of the rescue
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A VOLUNTEER police officer who saved a man from a fast-flowing river has been awarded a national bravery award.

Jon Sayer – who used to be a lifeguard and is now a Special Constable with the Upper Valley neighbourhood policing team - pulled the man from a swollen River Calder in Todmorden in August last year.

Now it has been announced he will be presented with a Royal Humane Society testimonial on parchment for his courage.

Divisional Commander for Calderdale Police Chief Superintendent Chris Hardern said: “Without a second thought for his own safety, Jon put his own life at risk to help save the life of another.

“I am extremely proud of Jon’s selfless actions and this award is fitting recognition of such a brave and dangerous rescue.”

Special Constable Sayer was called to the river off Halifax Road, near its junction with Key Sike Lane, in the early hours of August 13 to reports of a man in the water.

A teenage passer-by was already getting in the water and Special Constable Sayer joined him and the pair managed to pull the man to safety. The man suffered a head injury and received 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. For information about joining call 01422 337238.