Policeman awarded for bravery after helping to save man’s life

Hertfordshire Constabulary's Chief Constable, Andy Bliss
Hertfordshire Constabulary's Chief Constable, Andy Bliss

A detective sergeant was awarded for his bravery after helping save the life of a man who fell from a bridge in Hemel Hempstead.

Det Sgt Grant Finnie, 38, was one of a number of officers called to Breakspear Way on November 2 last year to reports of a man threatening to jump from a footbridge.

Officers negotiated with the man for over an hour before he stepped back and fell from the bridge.

Det Sgt Finnie and another officer rushed to help him before pulling the man to safety.

He was given a Royal Humane Society award during a ceremony at police headquarters in Welwyn Garden City last week, where many officers, staff and members of the public who were honoured for their long service and bravery.

Other officers from Dacorum who were recognised were PC Adam Johnson, who is based in Watford and lives in Hemel Hempstead, and 47-year-old PC Kevan Ball, who is based in Watford and lives in Abbots Langley.

Another was PC Daniel Jones, 32, who based in Oxhey and lives in Hemel Hempstead.

He was recognised for helping a man who was struck by lightning while playing golf.

PC Jones was one of the officers who gave CPR to the man when the incident happened on Thursday, May 22 last year at the Sandy Lodge Golf Club in Moor Park.

The man was airlifted to hospital but died three days later.

Assistant Investigator Lisa Brown, 29, works in Hemel Hempstead and lives in St Albans.

She was awarded a commendation from the Chief Constable for her role as part of a protracted and complex investigation into the illegal supply of steroids on the internet.

It involved thousands of exhibits and sat alongside a financial investigation.

The investigation was the first of its kind within Hertfordshire and one of only a handful in the country and Lisa had to problem-solve many issues that arose during the investigation.

Her Majesty’s Coroner Edward Thomas, who presented the awards, said: “I am very honoured to able to present these awards.

“I have always been impressed with the dedication and commitment shown by members of the constabulary.”

Concluding the evening, Chief Constable Andy Bliss said: “Ladies and gentlemen, Hertfordshire Constabulary and the Police and Crime Commissioner are working to reduce crime, catch criminals and keep people safe.

“We could not hope to do this without the excellent staff and volunteers who work for us and the great support we receive from collaborated units, partner agencies, and from our public who are so supportive of the constabulary.

“It is important that we properly recognise the commitment and achievements of our staff and tonight has enabled us to do that.”

> The Royal Humane Society is a charity that grants awards for acts of bravery in the saving of human life, and for the restoration of life by resuscitation.