Paramedic awarded for Worcestershire river rescue
A Worcestershire paramedic who jumped into freezing water to save a man has been given a bravery award.
Steve Wheaton, 36, was off duty at the time, but jumped into Stourport basin after spotting the man in the water.
"The area where I live is fairly unpopulated, so it was a blessing that I was there, I suppose," he said.
He was given the Chief Officer's Commendation for his "bravery and selfless action".
He jumped five metres (15ft) from a bridge to reach the man.
Mr Wheaton added: "It was a very cold night... and with my medical training I knew that he would be getting hypothermia if we didn't get him out of there fairly quickly."