Hereford & Worcester

Paramedic awarded for Worcestershire river rescue

Mr Wheaton (left) being given an award by Anthony Marsh, chief executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service
Image caption Mr Wheaton (left) was only wearing shorts a t-shirt when he rescued the man

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."

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