Second commendation for Rastrick police officer

PC Chris Madden, at West Yorkshire Police Awards Night, Shay Stadium, Halifax
PC Chris Madden, at West Yorkshire Police Awards Night, Shay Stadium, Halifax

A policeman who saved the life of a burglar who was trying to evade capture by hiding in a river has been given another top award.

PC Chris Madden, community beat officer for Rastrick, was responding to a burglary in Armstrong Road in 2012 when the suspect went into the River Calder.

Risking his own life to pluck the man from the edge of the banking, PC Madden also had to give the suspect immediate first aid as he had turned blue.

And for his life-saving efforts, PC Madden was awarded the District Commander’s Commendation at the Calderdale Police Awards, which were held in The Shay Stadium in Halifax last Wednesday.

Speaking at the awards, a modest PC Madden said: “I’m delighted to get the award. I’m really grateful.

“It’s nice to get something back.

“I was just doing my job and it’s just fortunate that I managed to save the suspect’s life at the same time.”

PC Madden’s efforts were praised by Calderdale District Superintendant Owen West.

“Chris managed to somehow secure his own footing on a steep slope and was able to lean over into the water to safely pull the man out onto the river bank,” he said.

“This was made all the harder because the individual was so cold that he had lost the strength to support his own weight.

“Indeed Chris had to give immediate first aid treatment as the offender had already turned blue and was struggling for breath.

“The doctors at A & E have said that had this man been in the water any longer he would undoubtedly have died. “

For his efforts PC Madden has also received a certificate of commendation from the Royal Humane Society.