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'Heroic' Portadown security guard wins award after pulling woman from river

By Sue Doherty

A Northern Ireland security officer has been recognised for his life-saving actions after he pulled a woman from a river.

Peter Jebb (32) was awarded the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) Regional Security Personnel Award for his ‘Outstanding Act’ last November.

The Portadown man, was honoured for his quick thinking and heroic actions, when, while watching security cameras at The Meadows Shopping Centre, he saw a woman fall into the Bann river.

He rapidly made his way to the riverbank and spoke calmly to the woman, who at this point was up to her neck in the water. He was said to have displayed empathy and compassion and managed to help the woman get back to the river side. While Mr Jebb was doing this, he was in constant contact with the police.

Mr Jebb then helped the police pull the lady out of the water to safety.

Colleagues described the hero as "enthusiastic and charismatic, always being the first to volunteer for new tasks and approaching his work with a positive attitude".

A spokesperson for the BSIA awards said: "Peter’s ability to think under pressure, remain calm and follow his training in order to bring the lady to safety, without putting his own life at risk, demonstrates his exceptional professionalism in an extremely challenging situation."

I was just doing my job. Peter Jebb

On receiving the award, a delighted Mr Jebb said: "I believe I was just doing my job.... and acted exactly in the same way any of my colleagues at the centre would have done.

"It just happened that I was the first person to be alerted to the incident. I am so pleased I was able to help someone who was obviously not in a great place."

Peter will now be put forward to the national judging phase of the awards. If he is successful in the second round of judging, he will be invited to attend the BSIA’s prestigious annual lunch at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London on July 12, where he will be presented with the national award.

The awards, currently in their 19th year and sponsored by Camberford Law plc, serve to acknowledge the successes of those working within the security industry.

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