West Midlands Police and West Mercia Police response officers have been praised for their brave, speedy and safe resolution of an incident on a bridge over the M5 yesterday evening (Friday 17th November).

Officers were called at 6pm to the scene in Illey Lane, close to Frankley Services, where a man in crisis had already jumped from a bridge and was suspended by a ligature.

Arriving within minutes and seeing the immediate threat to the man’s life, West Midlands response officers acted quickly and bravely to bring him to safety.

Without thought for their own wellbeing and with traffic rushing by on the motorway below, the officers removed their stab vests to better reach the man and support his weight, before pulling him back over the railings to safety.

Firearms officers from West Mercia Police arrived in time to support the officers.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, was attended by officers and paramedics before being taken to hospital for treatment and support.

The officers’ actions were praised by West Midlands response team Chief Inspector Jack Hadley who tweeted: “Wow….absolutely brilliant!! So proud of @BSresponse who have just saved a man’s life…Response policing truly is a professionalism!”

He later tweeted: “Putting their own lives in danger they managed to pull him back, saving his life. Brilliant job! #Proudchiefinspector!”

Ch Insp Hadley said that this morning “the man is thankfully recovering well & getting the support he needs”.

A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: “West Midlands Police would like to thank the members of the public who dialled 999 – their swift actions enabled us to identify the location and quickly get officers to the scene.”

A massive well done to all involved! We wish the man all the best for the future.

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