Commendation for Bromley police officers who saved suicidal woman at Petts Wood station

This Is Local London: Sergeant Doamekpor receiving his commendation. Sergeant Doamekpor receiving his commendation.

TWO Bromley police officers have been commended for their bravery after they saved the life of a woman who planned to throw herself in front of a train at Petts Wood station.

Sergeants Brian Doamekpor and Brett Smethurst were commended by Bromley’s Borough Commander, Steph Roberts and the Mayor of Bromley Councillor Ernest Noad.

On August 22 last year, police were called to Petts Wood train station after a call from a woman who said her friend, who was suffering from depression and wanted to end her life, was at the station and intended to kill herself.

Sergeants Doamekpor and Smethurst arrived at the station and saw the woman at the edge of platform one, with a fast train approaching.

Without hesitation they approached the woman and pulled her back, wrestling her to the ground as she struggled and tried to free herself and throw herself towards the tracks.

The woman continued to struggle and said she wanted to die.

Inspector Mark Major from Bromley Police said: "These officers acted with extreme bravery and prevented a 21-year-old woman from certain death.

"They were at risk of both being pushed onto the tracks during the struggle and of being struck by the train, as the woman was right on the edge of the platform, yet neither officer hesitated in placing themselves in extreme danger to help."

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