Heroic officer saves woman

Police hero Matthew Winterbottom.
Police hero Matthew Winterbottom.

A POLICE officer who helped save a woman from an on-coming train is being presented with a national bravery award.

Quick-thinking PC Mathew Winterbottom, 27, of Clay Cross, risked his life to rescue the woman, who was lying on the tracks at Dinting Train Station last February.

The dad-of-two along with colleague PC Leigh Gyte, of Buxton, jumped in to action and pulled the woman to safety in the nick of time.

They are now set to be presented with National Bravery Awards at a prestigious ceremony at London’s Plaisterers’ Hall in October.

Pc Winterbottom said: “I’m proud to be nominated but it was something that needed to be done at the time.

“One of the reasons I joined the police was to do these things and help others.

“The lady clearly had mental health issues and it was lucky we were able to help.

“Without doubt if we had not been there then the train would have hit her.”

Transport police warned the officers to get off the line as a train which would be unable to stop was quickly approaching, but despite the danger they pulled the woman to the side of the track as the train hurtled past. She was then taken to hospital.

Derbyshire Police Federation nominated the two officers for the award.

Chairman Mark Pickard said: “These two officers epitomise the courage shown on a daily basis by our police officers. On many occasions the bravery of officers is not recognised. These heroic incidents are rarely seen by the public yet they happen on every day of the week.”

Mathew’s wife Amanda, 24, also a police officer, said: “Mathew plays it down so much and says it’s just his job but I don’t think many people would have done what he did.”

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