Ryan's brave rescue act earns an award
Published on: 30 Sep 2016
RYAN Becker, of Staple Hill, has been honoured for helping to rescue a man who had fallen on to a railway track.
Ryan, 20, was a family party in Corsham last year when they heard a woman screaming. He and off-duty policeman Les Fletcher ran to a nearby bridge, where the woman told them her friend had fallen on to the mainline track.
PC Fletcher realised it would be difficult for the ambulance service, which had been called, to get to the man because of the steep banks on either side of the railway.
He made arrangements for the trains to be stopped then he and Ryan climbed down the bank in the dark to give first aid to the casualty, who had sustained serious injuries.
PC Fletcher was awarded a commendation from Wiltshire's Chief Constable Mike Veale for his quick reaction in identifying the need to stop the trains and his decision to put his own safety at risk and attend to the casualty.
Mr Veale also awarded a certificate of recognition to Ryan, saying that his decision to join PC Fletcher to attend the casualty, putting his own safety at risk, without doubt prevented further harm or injury to be caused.