A police officer who risked his own safety to try to save a man from drowning in a lake in a Sheffield park features in a book honouring Britain’s bravest bobbies.
PC Joseph Kinsella and his colleague Jenna White responded to an emergency call about a man in difficulty in Crookes Valley Park, and when they arrived they found 53-year-old Lewis Rose being held up in the water by a friend who was trying to save him.
In a bid to rescue Mr Rose, a father-of-eight who had been drinking, PC Kinsella waded into the chest-high water and carried him to the water’s edge, where he and a passer-by managed to push him up a bank on to dry land, where PCs Kinsella and White began to give emergency first aid.
They gave Mr Rose the kiss of life and did chest compressions until firefighters arrived to take over.
The book Beyond the Call of Duty, which details the rescue effort, was co-written by PC Kinsella’s father - former Detective Chief Superintendent Nick Kinsella, who set up the UK Human Trafficking Centre in Sheffield in 2006.
He said he was inspired to write the book after attending a ceremony where his son and colleague were presented with awards from the Royal Humane Society.
The book details how PC Kinsella went against police instructions for officers not to place themselves in danger.
“A voice ordered him to get out. Joe wasn’t sure if it was one of the onlookers on the bank or an instruction via the radio, but he ignored it,” the books reads.
“Police training tells officers they should not themselves become casualties of a situation, but Joe knew he was the only person there who could possibly save the man - and in his mind he had no choice.”
Mr Rose had a faint pulse when paramedics raced him to hospital, but he later died.
An inquest in 2010 recorded a verdict of accidental death after it emerged that Mr Rose had been drunk and jumped into the boating lake for a lark.
He ran up to the water’s edge six times before flinging out his arms and launching himself off the bank.