TWO Hillingdon Police officers who stopped a man jumping from a railway bridge will get bravery awards.
PC Andrew Hine and PC Kevin Coady will be honoured by the Royal Humane Society for their work on the evening of June 22, 2010, as a man threatened to leap from the bridge in Dawley Road, Hayes, on to the tracks 40 feet below.
The distressed man had climbed over the edge of the bridge and was perched on a narrow ledge.
After police set up a roadblock, PC Hine and PC Coady joined him on the ledge. PC Hine talked to the man to try to gain his trust.
During the standoff the man kicked the high-voltage overhead cables and seemed to be on the point of jumping several times. It was an hour and 20 minutes before PC Hine finally persuaded him to climb down.
The officer, who has been on the force for 23 years, said: "I had never been in this situation before and my concern was for this man and the members of public on the passing trains.
"I could see that the man was distressed and I was determined to do all I could to help him and get him to a place of safety.
"It wasn't until after we got the man safely off the ledge that I realised how dangerous the situation was."
PC Hine, who was awarded an MBE in 2004 for voluntary services to British tourism, will receive a Testimonial on Vellum, and PC Coady will get a Testimonial on Parchment from the Royal Humane Society at a ceremony in the new year.
Hillingdon Borough Commander, Julian Worker, said: "Sometimes officers are faced with extremely difficult decisions and on this occasion PC Hine and PC Coady decided to save the lives of others in the full knowledge that they would be exposing themselves to extreme dangers.
"At the heart of policing is the desire to serve the public and save life and limb.
"I am in no doubt that this was a very stressful situation and these officers displayed great professionalism in executing their duties. They are truly deserving of these awards."