Lifesaver Paul stopped man from jumping

PUBLISHED: 13:39 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:23 26 October 2009

Paul and his award. Picture by Krishan Bhungar

Paul and his award. Picture by Krishan Bhungar

A BRAVE police officer who risked his own life to save a man from jumping off a motorway bridge was honoured. Pc Paul Reading, a Potters Bar ward constable, was giving a Royal Humane Society Award during a Herts police ceremony to honour brave officers an

A BRAVE police officer who risked his own life to save a man from jumping off a motorway bridge was honoured.

Pc Paul Reading, a Potters Bar ward constable, was giving a Royal Humane Society Award during a Herts police ceremony to honour brave officers and members of the public.

Last April the Potters Bar Edition reported that the dad-of-two saw the man hanging precariously over the railings of the junction 24 roundabout over the M25.

He had climbed over the barrier and was just balancing over the ledge in a very distressed state, so Pc Reading snuck up on him and grabbed him in a bear hug.

Pc Reading said he was just about to jump and is certain that, if he had, others in cars below would also have been killed.

The man was later detained under the Mental Health Act.

Royal Humane Society member Tom Walduck presented Pc Reading with the award at County Hall in Hertford.

Pc Reading said: "It is an honour to get an award like that.

"I am very pleased, although I was just doing my job really and what anyone would do in the same situation."

He added: "I was worried about what if the man had pulled me over with him, or what if I had dropped him.

"I've got two kids at the end of the day, but I didn't have time to think - it was one of those things that happened really quickly."

Pc Andy Chittenden, who works in road policing for Hertsmere, was also awarded the individual health and safety award the same night.

The 46-year-old was praised for his outstanding contribution to improving health and safety in road policing.

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