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PC Nadeem from Greater Manchester Police who single-handedly saved a man from an icy river has won a prestigious Police Bravery Award.
The officer was named as the Region 1 (North West) winner at the 23rd national Police Bravery Awards on 12 July, hosted by the Police Federation of England and Wales. The awards, sponsored by Police Mutual, honour and recognise police officers who perform outstanding acts of bravery.
PC Nadeem won the award after he jumped into a fast flowing river to save a drowning man.
On seeing the distressed man struggling in the water, PC Nadeem jumped an 8ft drop into the river and swam towards him. The brave officer was still wearing his heavy protective clothing, as there had been no time to take it off. The man tried to swim away towards a dangerous weir, but PC Nadeem caught up, grabbed hold of him and dragged him to safety. The man whose life PC Nadeem saved was treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital to receive treatment.
On the evening of the awards, PC Nadeem said:
"I am very happy to be here and getting the award. Just being a nominee was a great feeling but actually winning was amazing. And David Hasselhoff giving a video message about what I have done - that recognition was just brilliant. It’s an amazing feeling being here and knowing what officers have put themselves through. It’s something that I will never forget being in a room with such heroes."
Calum Macleod, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said:
“The courage and professionalism shown by PC Nadeem went above and beyond the normal call of duty. He showed exceptional bravery, and thoroughly deserves to win this award. Thank you for your dedication to helping to keep the public safe”.
Stephen Mann, CEO of Police Mutual, said:
“Over the last 10 years, Police Mutual has been proud to have sponsored such an inspirational event in the policing calendar and for my colleagues and I to be able to show our respect for the exceptional courage shown by police officers who risk their lives every day to protect the public and keep us safe”.