Award after marina rescue

PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 November 2012

Sgt Robinson with his award

Sgt Robinson with his award

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A PORTISHEAD police officer has received a bravery award.

Sergeant Jim Robinson was presented with the new Act of Bravery Award at the last ever police authority meeting. He was one of seven courageous police officers in the Avon and Somerset area who risked their lives to save others.

On October 6, Sgt Robinson jumped into the freezing cold waters of Portishead marina to save a teenager in difficulty. He was in the deep water for more than 30 minutes getting the 15-year-old to safety.

Police authority chairman Dr Peter Heffer said: “Members were humbled to hear about the incidents involving the officers and it was only right that they should be commended for their outstanding bravery. They are a true credit to this police service.”

Sgt Robinson said: “I was just doing the job I am trained for but it was nice to receive the award and, more importantly, that the girl concerned didn’t come to any significant harm.”

The bravery award was launched this year to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. This is the last time the police authority will award acts of bravery because the governing body is being replaced by a Police and Crime Commissioner.


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