‘Public spirited’ Barnsley man receives commendation for life-saving actions

Date published: 29 March 2018 10:53
Dated: 29 March 2018 11:53:12

A selfless and brave man who put his own life at risk to save another has been honoured for his actions.

Twenty-four-year-old Samuel Atkinson has been presented with a commendation from the Royal Humane Society, for what he did on the morning of 28 October 2016, where he saw a man in crisis, intervened and ultimately saved his life.

Samuel, from the Oakwell area of Barnsley, was driving to work along Keresforth Hill Road when he became aware of a man standing on the bridge over the road.

Quickly, Samuel stopped his car and without hesitation went to speak to the man to see if he could help.

Chief Superintendent Scott Green, District Commander for Barnsley, who presented Samuel with his commendation has praised his courage in protecting and saving the life of the man.

“What Samuel showed on the morning of 28 October 2016, was exceptional bravery and care for a man who was clearly in crisis. By talking to him, remaining calm and staying with him I feel pleased and incredibly proud to say that the man chose to walk back to the roadside with Samuel.

“Ultimately, Samuel put his own life at risk to save the life of a vulnerable man in this public spirited and selfless act. I’m pleased that through Samuel’s intervention, the man was then able to seek the appropriate help and I feel incredibly proud to have presented Samuel with this award.”

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