Chief Constable’s Awards: Hatfield man recognised for bravery in saving stranger, Welwyn Hatfield officers honoured
PUBLISHED: 15:35 05 March 2019 | UPDATED: 15:35 05 March 2019
A Hatfield man has been formally recognised for his bravery in preventing a stranger from falling off a bridge.
Josh Lilley received the Chief Constable Commendation for Bravery Award at the recent Chief Constable’s Awards Ceremony at Hertfordshire Constabulary headquarters in Welwyn Garden City for his actions on December 1 last year.
That day, two police Constables were on patrol in Cavendish Way, Hatfield, near The Galleria, when they saw a man being supported on the floor by Josh.
The officers spoke with both Josh and the other man to establish the circumstances and the other man’s welfare.
Josh had been out for a jog when he had spotted the man standing on a concrete wall of the overbridge to the A1(M).
He approached the man calmly to try and talk to him and as he did so the man stepped over the railings on top of the wall.
In immediate response, Josh - at great risk to himself - struggled with the man, taking him by the arm and managing to pull him back over and down to safety.
Josh then restrained the man for his own safety whilst another member of the public called the police.
As a result of the incident, the man was seen by the mobile triage nurse and taken to hospital for further help with his mental health.
The Chief Constable’s Awards Ceremony honoured regular and special police officers, police staff and members of the public for dedication and bravery.
His Honour Judge Michael Kay QC was the guest of honour at the event on Tuesday, February 26 and presented the recipients with their awards.
Two officers who have served Welwyn Hatfield received Long Service and Good Conduct medals.
Hatfield-based Constable Clare Hawkins was recognised for 18 years’ service,
Constable Hawkins joined the force in January 2001 and was posted to Intervention in Welwyn Hatfield.
She started out as the response driver for Welwyn Hatfield and later moved to the Central Area crime desk.
After a few further moves within the force, she joined the Intelligence Unit in Hatfield, where she is currently based.
Detective Constable Jennie Wilson was honoured for 10 years’ service, which has included initially working in Hatfield after joining the Constabulatory in 2008 then moving to police headquarters in Welwyn Garden City.
She is now with the Local Crime Unit in Stevenage and also volunteers with the RAPPAW scheme, visiting and supporting victims of crime.
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