Published On: Sat, Jan 17th, 2015 on 4:17 pm

Local heroes praised for helping rescue woman who fell into icy River Aire

West Yorkshire Police Mark Spedding

Senior Section Officer Mark Spedding.

Two Special Constables and mysterious door staff have been praised for rescuing a woman who fell into River Aire in Leeds last night.

Special Constables Mark Spedding and Richard Johnson were in the city centre when they responded to reports that someone had fallen into the River Aire near Riverside Court.

Both officers, along with door staff nearby, were able to pull the 22-year-old woman to safety.

She was taken to hospital and was found to have sustained no serious injury.

Senior Section Officer, Mark Spedding, said: “It was a very cold night and the water was absolutely freezing. When we arrived the woman had already been in the river for a number of minutes and we had to act fast.

“Fortunately, and with the assistance of a nearby doorman, Richard and I were able to pull the woman to safety. It was a team effort and we couldn’t have done it without the help of the doorman, whose name I didn’t get at the time, but who I would like to thank for his role in the rescue.”

Superintendent Sam Millar from Leeds District Police praised everyone’s actions.

He said: “The actions of the two Special Constables, who volunteer their free time to work as police officers, epitomises the values of officers and staff who put themselves in dangerous situations to help other people and protect members of the public.

“I would also like to acknowledge the help of the door staff, who alerted the police to the incident in the first place and then went onto helping save the woman’s life.”

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