A South Yorkshire Special Constable has been granted a Royal Humane Society award after he risked his own life to save a suspect from drowning.
SC Mark Cutts was on shift in Rotherham when the man, wanted by police following a reported assault, fled from passing officers. Special Constable Cutts and a colleague began a short pursuit, when the man then jumped 12ft from a bridge in to the River Don.
Realising he couldn’t swim, the suspect immediately got in to difficultly and struggled to keep afloat.
The Rotherham based Special quickly jumped down on to the path beside the canal. Despite suffering a leg injury, Mark managed to calm the man down and eventually pull him from the water to safety.
Special Constable Cutts said: “I joined the special constabulary to give something back to the community and protect the public the best way I could. I'd like to think that anyone else would do the same if they were faced with the situation I was. I would do the same thing again.”
Following the incident, SC Cutts attended hospital for treatment to his knee, but thankfully the injury was only minor. The suspect was arrested.
The Royal Humane Society is a charity which grants awards for acts of bravery in the saving of human life. Awards are granted to those who put their own lives at risk in order to save someone else’s.
Special Inspector Stephen Hepworth, who made the nomination, said: “There’s no doubt that Mark’s quick thinking saved this man’s life. He showed immense bravery and, despite the obvious risk to himself, put a member of the public first.
“We’re very lucky to have him volunteering to serve the public here in South Yorkshire.”
Mark will collect his award in May 2020.
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