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Posted on 09:42:00 on 19th March 2019

From left to right - Callum, Eric, Rick, Craig

Cumbria Constabulary are incredibly proud and pleased to announce that the Royal Humane Society have made awards to four of our Barrow officers for their rescue of an 18-year-old man. The incident took place in darkness, at the Bay at Canal Foot, Ulverston in May last year. All four officers put their lives at risk to rescue the teenager who quickly got into serious trouble in treacherous conditions. The rescue took place by torch light, with the officers working together to make a human chain to enter the water to pull him from the water.

Officers, PC Callum Lennox, PC Craig Stevenson, PC Eric McKinley and PC Rick Harvey have been awarded Royal Humane Society testimonials on parchment.


Superintendent for South Cumbria, Matt Pearman said:

“We are all incredibly proud of Callum, Craig, Eric and Rick, their actions on that night to save the teenager most certainly put their own lives in danger; they are a testament to the Force and I am proud to serve with them.


“Everyday officers put their lives on the line to protect the public, but this incident went above and beyond on all levels, the conditions were dangerous, the water was freezing and it was entirely dark with except for their torches. There was no room for error and the officers’ actions that night where truly heroic.


“I am so pleased that the Royal Human Society have recognised their selfless actions with the Royal Humane Society testimonials on parchment, it is truly deserved by them all.”

The Royal Humane Society is a charity that was founded in 1774. It grants awards for acts of bravery in the saving of human life and also for contributions made towards the saving or attempted saving of life where the lives of the contributors were not themselves at risk. The Charity’s Patron is Her Majesty the Queen and its President is HRH Princess Alexandra.

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