In times of crisis, we turn to service people to save our lives. While many of them have the correct training and experience to avoid putting their own lives on the line in the process, some are willing to risk their lives at risk to carry out their jobs.
An incredible example of this was recently captured in Manchester, England. Police had received a call expressing concern for the welfare of a man at Hardys Gate Bridge and they immediately rushed to the scene. That’s when they discovered him drowning.
Without giving a second thought to his own welfare, student officer PC Mohammed Nadeem dived into the water and saved the man despite being unable to swim. Nadeem dragged him away from the strong current of the water and grabbed onto a nearby branch.
Paramedics then arrived and the man was taken to hospital.
“I can’t swim,” Nadeem said. “I’m not a good swimmer at all and having all the extra body gear was very hard but somehow I got to him… and we got to the side and waited for help.”
“It was very dangerous but I just had to go in… seeing this man drowning I just couldn’t wait.”
“I was really cold, my legs were shaking,” he added. “It was absolutely freezing.”
Nadeem spent around 25 minutes in the water, and the entire event, including the man’s dramatic rescue, was captured on his bodycam:
The officer’s heroic actions have been praised by Greater Manchester Police, and Superintendent Rick Jackson, of GMP’s Bury Borough, said: “As with any incident that we respond to, the safety of the public is our number one priority and sometimes that means putting them first, ahead of your own safety.”
“Without hesitation, PC Nadeem dived off an eight-foot drop into freezing, deep and fast-moving water,” he added. “The man is now safe and receiving the treatment he needs.”
“I’d like to personally commend PC Nadeem’s actions which were a prime example of why people join the force – to protect people and make sure they are away from harm.
“He’s also gained the nickname ‘The Hoff’ by his colleagues so I’m sure he won’t be forgetting this anytime soon.”
I think that we can all agree that every police force needs its own Hoff.