A modest hero who pulled a suicidal woman to safety just days before Christmas has said he hopes he did not hurt her.
Gareth Clark was driving along the A617 last Thursday afternoon when he saw a woman threatening to jump from the flyover at Temple Normanton.
The quick-thinking 35-year-old stopped at the scene - then bravely walked up to the bridge.
“I grabbed her and pulled her over the railings and on to the ground,” said Gareth, of Walton Road, Chesterfield.
“I just hope I didn’t hurt her.”
The facilities manager added: “I looked at her face and I’ve never seen anyone look so distressed.”
A Derbyshire police spokesman said the 20-year-old woman was taken to Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
She has been detained under the Mental Health Act.
Gareth said: “I hope she gets better very soon and I hope the system doesn’t let her down.”
Derbyshire Constabulary has hailed Gareth.
A force spokesman said: “He helped save a life. We’ve spoken to him and thanked him and we’re now considering ways of formally recognising his act of bravery.”
Gareth’s story comes just a few months after another Chesterfield hero, Mick Rosato, saved the life of a suicidal man who was threatening to jump off the Brewery Street bridge in the town.
After the incident in September, Mr Rosato said: “I’d like to think that if I was in that awful position then someone would stop and help me.
“I urged him not to take his own life and told him that help was available – I’ve suffered from mental health problems so I know all about that – then asked him to come on to the pavement.
“He said OK and did exactly that. I was so relieved.”
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