Birmingham bobby commended for his actions as man threatens suicide
An officer who leaped towards a man, who attempted to jump off the top level of a car park in Digbeth, has been recognised by the Chief Constable for his quick-thinking actions.
PC Matthew Fitzgerald was alerted to the man by a member of the public who had flagged down a police car in Digbeth, Birmingham.
PC Fitzgerald immediately leaped out of the car and raced up the stairs to speak with the man and build a rapport with him as he tried to move closer towards him.
The man continued to move towards the ledge and attempted to jump. Thankfully, PC Fitzgerald lunged forward and grabbed hold of the man and safely pulled him to safety and spent the next six hours with the man to make sure he was ok.
PC Fitzgerald attended a ceremony at Tally Ho on Tuesday 3 October where he was presented with the Royal Humane Society Parchment and a Chief Constable’s Commendation by Chief Constable Dave Thompson.
Sergeant Dave Gregory, who nominated PC Fitzgerald, said: “The actions and decisions made by Matt saved this young man’s life. Me and the rest of his team are really proud of him.
“Matt put the need of a vulnerable member of our community ahead of his own safety and was able to draw this incident to a safe conclusion."