Paramedic awarded for Worcestershire river rescue

image captionMr 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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