A probationer policeman who saved a girl threatening to jump from a bridge has been honoured.

PC Dewayne Hamilton was awarded with a Commissioner’s Commendation for his role in helping to save the girl from falling from a footbridge into oncoming traffic.

The awarded was preented during a parade at the Met Police’s Peel Centre in Hendon, where PC Hamilton was amongst 210 other officers who ‘passed out’ before Met Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey.

On Monday, September 29, just six days into his service with Hillingdon police, PC Hamilton and his team were called to the A40 near Swakeleys roundabout to reports of a girl threatening to jump from the footbridge.           

PC Dewayne Hamilton after he helped save the life of a girl who jumped from a bridge over the A40
 

When they arrived at the scene, PC Hamilton vaulted the railings and grabbed the girl, making sure she was secure and unable to fall.

He remained holding her until The London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance arrived and secured her with a harness.

A crane then lifted them both back to safety, which then led to PC Hamilton receiving a standing ovation from emergency services workers, members of the public and motorists.

After receiving the commendation on Friday, October 31, PC Hamilton said: “I’m deeply honoured to have received this award this afternoon.

“Hearing the events being recited today was an emotional experience and it left me with a heavy heart.”

Hillingdon Borough Commander, Detective Chief Superintendent Nick Downing , is delighted PC Hamilton is now a part of the team.

He said: “This courageous act has touched us all and I am delighted to be welcoming Dewayne to Hillingdon.

“His outstanding qualities will now go into proudly serving our communities.”

The girl, believed to be aged 14, was not injured during the rescue, and she and her family are now receiving support.

A few weeks after the incident, a woman in her 20s died after falling from the same bridge .