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Officers win bravery awards after saving man's life

Two police officers who saved the life of a man who was electrocuted near Grantham railway station have been recognised for their bravery at a ceremony in London.

DC Ben Moden and PC Jordan Bathie-Drexler attended the national Police Bravery Awards on Thursday, hosted by the Police Federation.

DC Moden said: “I felt really honoured and privileged to have been nominated. It’s quite humbling because I feel like I was just doing my job. I am really grateful for the nomination.”

The awards were also attended by Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones, Deputy Chief Constable Craig Naylor, and Lincolnshire Police Federation chairman Jon Hassall. Home Secretary Sajid Javid attended the awards.

DC Moden and PC Bathie-Drexler’s recognition followed their actions on April 28, 2016, after Lincolnshire Police received a report of a male shoplifter in Grantham.

DC Moden (who was a PC at the time) and PC Bathie-Drexler chased the suspect to the station. Eventually the offender, having seen the two constables, jumped onto the track in an effort to run away from them. The officers requested that trains were stopped while they gave chase. They then saw the offender starting to climb the pillar of an overhead gantry, and so the officers stopped.

They believed that he intended to climb over the gantry and exit over a fence but the offender then stepped on a live connection to one of the electric cables and was electrocuted by the current, believed to be 25,000 Volts. The impact caused the man to be thrown from a significant height and set alight. Despite the dangerous situation, DC Moden and PC Bathie-Drexler ran towards the man and used their uniforms to extinguish the flames. They also performed first aid until paramedics arrived.

Their actions saved the life of the man who survived, despite sustaining significant injuries.

PC Bathie-Drexler said: “I’d only been on the job for a few weeks so this was a steep learning curve, but you expect to go to these sorts of incidents because it’s part of the job. I didn’t really think about it too much.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to the people who nominated me.”

Two Metropolitan Police officers jointly won the overall national award. PC Keith Palmer was honoured posthumously for his bravery during the Westminster terror attack, while PC Charlie Guenigault was also recognised for fighting knife-wielding terrorists with his bare hands at London Bridge.

DC Moden and PC Bathie-Drexler were recognised by Lincolnshire Police in January for their bravery, at the Force’s Annual Recognition Awards.

They received the Chief Constable’s Commendation, and a Royal Humane Society Testimonial on Parchment.

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