Jackson colleagues
receive rescue award
Jackson colleagues have received a certificate of commendation from Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) for their role in saving a man who had fallen into a river near where they were working.
Regional engineer Oliver Manning and site worker Robert Abbott rushed to the rescue earlier this year while carrying out emergency repairs on a river lock in the centre of Bedford.
Both Oliver and Robert have been water rescue-trained, so they remained calm and put their training into action, dropping a lifebelt over the man to help him stay afloat. By the time they had pulled him to safety, he had been in the water for more than five minutes and was very cold and confused.
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Luckily, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service safety officer Stacey Moore was on hand, although off duty, and the pair helped her calm the man and obtain information from him, which they passed over to paramedics when they arrived.
Oliver and Robert were invited on stage at a recent BFRS awards evening. The certificates were presented by Stacey and Chief Fire Officer Andrew Hopkinson.

'I would like to say a massive well done and thank you - had it not been for Oliver and Robert’s actions on that day, the outcome for the gentleman may have been very different.'