Two police officers whose courageous actions saved the life of a woman, unconscious in the sea, have been recognised for their fast thinking and bravery at the Brighton and Hove divisional awards.
They were among officers, staff, volunteers and members of the public including two children who received awards and congratulations at the ceremony on Friday (8 February) for their courage, bravery, exceptional investigative skills and dedication to providing a public service in the city.
More than 60 awards were given out at the ceremony which took place at the British Airways i360 Tower in Brighton and were presented by divisional Chief Superintendent Lisa Bell in the presence of the High Sheriff of East Sussex Major General John Moore-Bick and Brighton and Hove City Mayor Dee Simson.
PC Lara England and PC Lyndsey Burkinshaw were commended for their actions when they were called to a report of a suicidal woman threatening to enter the sea. They found the woman in the water near the West Pier and she appeared to be unconscious and non-responsive. The officers went into the water, pulled her and out and started first aid. Their actions without doubt saved the woman's life.