Top award for Bideford police heroine

A YOUNG Bideford policewoman is to receive a Royal Humane Society award for her heroic actions in trying to save a man from the River Torridge last winter. WPC Jeanne Hellyer, 23, was nominated for an award by Bideford Town Council after she went into the

A YOUNG Bideford policewoman is to receive a Royal Humane Society award for her heroic actions in trying to save a man from the River Torridge last winter.

WPC Jeanne Hellyer, 23, was nominated for an award by Bideford Town Council after she went into the river in the early hours of the morning in an attempt to rescue the man.

It is believed that 40-year-old Sean Griffiths got into difficulties after himself jumping into the river in an attempt to rescue a teenager. The teenager was brought to safety by the inshore lifeboat from Appledore.

WPC Hellyer swam out into the river in a valiant effort to save Mr Griffiths. She went down steps upstream of the old bridge and swam down through its arches with the outgoing tide. Finding him face down in the water, she turned him over and was successful in bringing him to the quayside, where resuscitation techniques were carried out by other members of the emergency services. But, sadly, he died in hospital four days later.


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Bideford Town Council has now received confirmation that WPC Hellyer is to be awarded a Royal Humane Society Testimonial on Vellum for her brave actions.

The vellum, which will be signed by the society's president Princess Alexandra, will be sent to the council, which will have it framed before arranging a formal local presentation ceremony.

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Mayor of Bideford Cllr Andy Powell said: "This was a wonderful, huge act of heroism. I am immensely proud of the fact that she is from Bideford. This is a deserved commendation for such an act.

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