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 Durham officer nominated for national bravery award


​AN officer who risked his life to save a man from an oncoming train has been nominated for a prestigious Police Bravery Award.

PC Brian Dawson has been nominated for an award at the 24th Police Bravery Awards in London on 18 July. The awards are held by the Police Federation of England and Wales and sponsored by Police Mutual to recognise police officers who perform outstanding acts of bravery while on or off duty.

A man had signalled that he wanted to kill himself by either jumping off a bridge or in front of a train. During a search of his home officers found information to suggest roughly where he was.

PC Dawson went to the area and a woman said she had seen the man sitting on the railway, drinking a can of lager. PC Dawson followed her directions, while the communications dispatcher tried frantically to stop all trains on the line.

The officer tried to speak to the man from the other side of a fence as the line was still active. He heard the vibration of a train approaching. He looked up and saw a train coming in his direction and had to make a split-second decision. PC Dawson climbed over the fence and ran towards the man, who had made no effort to move. He managed to drag the man across the line away from the oncoming train, which was almost upon them. This was done with no time to spare – as soon as he moved the man, the train passed them.

John Perks, Chief Executive Officer of Police Mutual, said: “Police Mutual is very proud to be supporting the Police Bravery Awards for the 11th consecutive year. To all of you who have been nominated, be rightly proud of yourselves and your achievements. When it mattered most, you stepped up. You proved that your commitment to keeping the public safe did not waver, even when tested in the most trying of circumstances. At Police Mutual, my colleagues and I are deeply honoured to be able to show our appreciation for your bravery in keeping us safe. We hope that we can continue to play our part in helping improve the lives of the police family.”

Andy Jackson, Chair of Durham Police Federation, said: “The bravery and professionalism shown by PC Dawson went above and beyond the normal call of duty. He showed exceptional bravery in incredibly dangerous circumstances risking his life to save another.”