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Commendation Presentation

16th September 2014

Deputy Chief Fire Office Andy Trowsdale today presented two members of the public with Chief Fire Officer’s Commendations following their actions in rescuing a lady from the River Ouse in June of this year.

The incident occurred on Monday 19th June 2014 in the River Ouse at Water End. Off duty firefighter (from RAF Linton on Ouse), Craig Marsden, and off duty British Transport Police Officer, James Finch, were walking by when the lady entered the water.  The two of them dived under the water to locate her, brought her to the surface and then swam her to the side of the river.

They kept her afloat under the arrival of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s boat and then assisted her on to the boat.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Andy Trowsdale said: “James and Craig’s actions almost certainly saved a life. I am honoured to be able to present them both with a Chief Fire Officer’s Commendation in recognition of their bravery.”


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