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Lifesaving Bexley cops nominated for bravery award

PUBLISHED: 06:00 16 October 2013

PC Jason Campbell (left) and PC Stefan Rule

PC Jason Campbell (left) and PC Stefan Rule

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Two Bexley police officers who saved the life of a woman drowning in the Thames have been nominated for a national bravery award.

Pc Jason Campbell and Pc Stefan Rule have been put forward for the Police Bravery Awards tomorrow following the incident in Thamesmead on July 2012.

The officers spotted a woman struggling against the current in the water and did not hesitate to jump in, disregarding their own safety in the process.

Pc Campbell said: “When we arrived we could see the woman was clearly struggling in the water and as we swam towards her she was beginning to disappear under the surface.

“Our priority was to get to her as soon as possible, keep her afloat and keep as calm as possible until help arrived at the river bank.”

Fighting the current and the dead weight of the woman, the officers managed to keep her above water and to the river bank, where they pulled her from the water with the help of their colleagues.

John Tully, Metropolitan Police Federation chairman, said: “Despite the well documented dangers associated with the River Thames, these officers took a conscious decision to enter the water and save a life.

“This is taking service of the public to a higher level, placing their own lives in danger without hesitation.”

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