Policewoman wins award for saving man’s life

PC Clare Brotherhood
PC Clare Brotherhood

A POLICEWOMAN who saved the life of a suicidal man who had climbed onto the tracks at Lancing railway station has been rewarded for her bravery.

PC Clare Brotherhood said she was not thinking about her own safety when she stepped in to help the distressed man.

“I could see the lights from a train approaching in the distance but I wasn’t thinking about that at all,” said PC Brotherhood, who has been with the force for nine years.

“My main focus was helping this person. I knew other officers were doing their best to turn the power to the tracks off to make it safe.

PC Brotherhood was hailed for her courage and determination in persuading the man, who was suicidal, to get off the tracks.

“I feel so proud to have been given the award, to be honest.

“It’s a great feeling. But I was just doing my job really.”

Chief Insp Jo Banks said: “PC Brotherhood was called to a serious incident at Lancing railway station where a man was threatening to take his own life.

“Despite the risks to herself and colleagues, she was professional in her approach to engage with the man who was extremely agitated.

“The situation was further complicated by a train approaching from Worthing.

“She continued to offer support and reassurance until the man was led from the rails to safety.

“The officer remained calm and her positive actions were directly attributable to saving the man’s life.

“PC Brotherhood is commended for her courage and professionalism.”

The award was one of many handed out at the West Sussex Divisional Awards ceremony at Arundel Castle’s Baron’s Hall to on Monday evening.

The event marked the efforts of police and members of the public, from the courage of catching criminals or saving people from almost-certain death, to helping deliver a baby and showing a steadfast dedication to policing.

Sussex police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne said: “You hear words at ceremonies like ‘courage’, courage in the face of adversity. You hear words like ‘tenacity’ – staying until the end of the job, not just because it’s 5pm and your shift is ending, but because you actually want to see this through.

“It’s great to come to these events and I think the words that have been said before about the bravery of those awarded today are always very humbling.

“But for me, the one thing that I take away from today is that each and every one of you here today – police officers, staff, family and members of the public – are absolutely fantastic and do some outstanding work.”