Bravery award for officer who jumped into docks
A POLICE officer who threw himself into Bristol docks to save a drunk man on a freezing night has won a Police Bravery Award.
PC Grant Goulden grabbed a life ring and jumped into the water on a night in December 2010 as snow was falling in the city centre.
He managed to manoeuvre the man to a pontoon by the steps next to the statue of Neptune so that they could both be pulled out by firefighters.
By that stage PC Goulden and the man were both suffering from hypothermia and were treated at Bristol Royal Infirmary.
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He said: "You could say I was a bit of an idiot to jump in. It's very hard to explain what it was like without being there. There was a large group of people getting increasingly agitated and I was thinking if this person does die, we could have a riot on our hands."
The award from the Police Federation, made last night, follows Royal Humane Society and Police Authority awards for PC Goulden.
Police Federation chairman Paul McKeever said: "PC Goulden should rightly be commended for his outstanding bravery. Instinctively, this officer risked his own life, in freezing conditions, to save another. His actions were remarkable and he is a true credit to the service."