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Double award for modest hero who saved man’s life

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

Calderdale Detention officer Nigel Tomlinson (right) 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.

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 in Halifax.

He stopped his car, ran over to the man, who is from Halifax, and grabbed his arms to stop him from jumping. As no other motorist would stop to help, he had to free one hand to ring for help, whilst restraining the man with the other.

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.

“It’s one of those things you just do. It’s second nature.”

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 in the next few months he will be presented with a Royal Humane Society certificate of commendation.

Mr Tomlinson, who has worked in the custody suite for nearly ten years, said he was happy to receive the awards but stressed that he was just doing his job, and hoped that anybody else in his position would do the same.

“I just hope that anybody else who works for the force would do the same.

“We work for this force and it’s an unwritten rule to help,” he said.

“We have a duty of care to people whether they’re in custody or out on the streets.”

 

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