Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Officers honoured for rescuing wanted man

High moral calibre’: officers honoured for rescuing wanted man


Two Wellington Police District officers are being recognised for saving a man who jumped into a fast-flowing river to escape Police.

Sergeant Billy-Ray Slight and Constable Aaron Wilkins will both receive silver medals from the Royal Humane Society of New Zealand for bravery.

They performed a high-risk but calculated daytime rescue of a man in Hutt River at the end of June 2016.

It all started when the injured 25-year-old was involved in a fleeing driver incident and leapt into the water.

He rapidly got into trouble, was struggling to stay afloat and thought he was going to drown.

In a combined selfless act of police work, Sergeant Slight and Constable Wilkins shed their excess gear and swam from opposite sides of the river to reach the man.

The river was in flood and the current was strong and against them.

The determined officers managed to rescue the man, calmed him down and took him to shore, but not before all three were carried 250 metres downstream past Melling Bridge.

“To win this award is quite humbling.

I happened to be the right person in the right place.

The speed of the river made swimming difficult, however I’m pleased we made a difference that day,” says Sergeant Slight.

Constable Wilkins commented: “I’m humbled to be a recipient of this prestigious medal.

My thanks goes out to the other officers involved, those who assisted in the fleeing driver incident and helped pull us and the injured man from the river.

We couldn’t have done it without the support of our colleagues.”

Wellington Police District Commander, Superintendent Sam Hoyle, commended the pair for their actions: “Sergeant Slight and Constable Wilkins showed tremendous courage that day.

They focussed on human life and put this man first.

He was in need and Police came to his aid in extremely testing circumstances.

I am immensely proud of my staff.

They are thoroughly deserving of their awards.”

The officers’ efforts greatly impressed a number of colleagues, with one remarking that the pair showed ‘high moral calibre’ in rescuing a wanted person.

Another colleague pointed out that neither officer was trained for swift water rescue and didn’t have any specialist equipment with them, yet they had a steely resolve to save the man.

The man, now 27, is currently serving a prison sentence.

Since the rescue he has expressed his gratitude to Police for saving him.

He says the officers have given him a second chance to turn his life around.

Royal Humane Society of New Zealand patron the Governor-General, Her Excellency The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, will present the medals in June.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Bridges’ ‘Meth Crooks’ Leadership Failure

Back in June, Bridges publicly accepted that Housing NZ had got it wrong, and that the National government had acted upon bad advice.

Now, you’d think this admission would create a broad bi-partisan basis for compensation to those families who had been unfairly evicted, at considerable cost and emotional distress. Some people had lost their possessions in trying to meet the expense of the upheaval.

Not everyone felt so compassionate. More>>

 

Multimedia & Transcript: Acting PM's Press Conference

Winston Peters, Acting Prime Minister while Jacinda Ardern is in New York for the UN Leaders' Week, held a short press conference Monday after chairing this week's cabinet meeting. More>>

General Assembly: Ardern Rejects Trump Call For War On Drugs

New Zealand will not be signing the United States' document calling for global action on the war on drugs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Ms Ardern is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, along with about 140 other world leaders. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Cabinet Funds Deal For Oranga Tamariki Social Workers

The Minister said that an agreement in principle has been reached between Oranga Tamariki and the PSA on a settlement worth $114.6m over five years. More>>

ALSO:

Hunting v Pest Control: Tahr Control Needed To Protect Alpine Habitats

A cull of introduced Himalayan tahr browsing conservation land in Kā Tiritiri o Te Moana/ the Southern Alps is needed to protect special alpine plants and their habitats, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage said. More>>

ALSO:

Protest At Sea: Judge Discharges Greenpeace Activists

The judge today discharged Norman and Howell without conviction, saying the cumulative consequences of a conviction would be out of proportion to what was “low level” offending off the Wairarapa coast in April 2017. More>>

ALSO:

No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels