Officers praised after saving girl from top floor guttering, Skegness
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During Neighbourhood Policing Week of Action, we are sharing stories of the work that our frontline officers do daily.
Today, we are sharing the efforts of three brave officers who saved a girl from falling from the guttering at the top of a three-story building in Skegness.
Student officers PC Ross Clemow and PC Ben White were first on scene after we received a 999-call stating a girl was dangling from guttering on a three-story apartment building. The caller also said the guttering was beginning to come away from the building and feared the girl would fall.
Both officers made their way to the third floor and into the apartment. They identified the nearest window to the girl and removed items around it for easier access. PC Clemow and PC White took a hold of the girl’s wrists and held onto her, but there was minimal room for them both to manoeuvre which exacerbated the situation and made keeping hold of her more difficult.
The girl was distressed, but both officers remained calm despite being faced with extreme danger.
The officers held on tight, using all their strength, while calmly talking to the girl who at one point began to slip.
Sergeant Nick Woolley then arrived to assist the officers and held on to the girl with PC White while PC Clemow leaned further out of the window and they managed to pull the girl to safety,
All three officers have received a note of good work for their efforts.
Superintendent Lee St Quinton said: “This was clearly a stressful situation and the efforts of all three officers to keep hold of the girl are commendable.
“The apartment was three stories up and was a considerable height from the ground which left the girl in great danger. Should she have fallen she would have suffered life-changing injuries, at a minimum.
“The officers remained professional and calm, talking to the girl and trying to calm her down. The handling of the situation by all three officers was nothing short of outstanding and heroic, and without their efforts, could have been a completely different outcome.
“The officers showed extreme strength, courage and bravery to keep hold of the girl and pull her to safety. It is worth noting, PC Clemow and PC White are both less than a year in service which highlights their amazing work, decision-making and dedication. They acted quickly and efficiently to ensure a good outcome was achieve and their actions should be applauded.”
This incident happened on December 22.
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