“PC Rachel Paterson went above and beyond to save the life of a woman who was threatening to jump from a bridge to a dual carriageway.
“On behalf of the victim, and our wider communities, we are extremely grateful for the actions of PC Paterson, and of the many every day heroes in West Mercia.
“We must remember these are ordinary people with lives and families outside of work, who do extraordinary things to keep others safe. I am very pleased to see them getting the recognition they deserve.” Said Police and Crime Commissioner, John Campion.
PC Paterson was one of 76 nominees from 39 forces to be honoured at the ceremony, which is held annually and this year took place in London on Thursday 14 July.
Prior to gathering for the ceremony, Rachel joined her fellow nominees at Downing Street in recognition of their service and bravery.
Rachel was nominated after saving the life of a woman who was threatening to jump from a bridge over a dual carriageway in Telford.
PC Paterson was first to arrive on the scene and held onto the woman’s legs and ankles to prevent her falling.