A man from Staple Hill has won an award after he climbed down a steep railway embankment in the dark to rescue a man who had fallen from a bridge onto the tracks.
Ryan Becker, 20, of Cogan Road, was honoured at a Wiltshire Police awards ceremony last week.
On the evening of 21st September last year, Ryan was with friends in Corsham including off-duty police officer Les Fletcher when they heard a woman screaming from the direction of the nearby Pound Pill Railway Bridge.
PC Fletcher and Ryan ran to the bridge and were confronted by the distraught woman who said her friend had fallen off the bridge and was lying on the mainline track.
PC Fletcher ascertained that the ambulance service had been notified whilst observing that there would be difficulty reaching the casualty because of the steep incline of the bank verges either side of the line.
He then rang the police and asked the communications centre to notify Network Rail of the incident and to stop all trains.
Ryan and PC Fletcher then clambered down the steep embankment in the dark to reach the casualty who had suffered serious injuries. They administered first aid before giving a comprehensive handover to medical professionals and duty police officers when they arrived.
PC Fletcher was awarded a Chief Constable’s Commendation for his actions while it was noted that Ryan’s decision to join PC Fletcher to attend the casualty put his own safety at risk but without doubt prevented further harm or injury to be caused. He received a Chief Constable’s Certificate of Recognition
Ryan is a former pupil of The Tynings Primary School in Staple Hill and St Mark’s Secondary School in Bath.
His mum Lynda said she was very proud of her son, who is training to be an equine dentist and also teaches show jumping.