A brave street cleaner helped to save an elderly woman after she fell into Porter Brook in Sheffield.
Andy Rowley, who works for the council’s contractor Amey in its Streets Ahead team, was on Ecclesall Road near Hunters Bar when he heard calls for help.
Andy, aged 42, from Beighton said: “I was just over the road from Endcliffe Park when I heard a man shouting that a woman had fallen in the river.
“I ran to help and could see she was in the water at the bottom of a steep grassy bank. I climbed down and eventually managed to pull her out.”
Passer-by Kweku Ackle’Menser first alerted Andy, after seeing the woman was in distress.
He said: “The lady was soaked through. She was in shock and very cold. Andy gave her his coat to help keep her warm until the ambulance arrived. He did a great job.”
Sara Bradley from Amey said: “Andy was in the right place at the right time and we’re very proud of him.
“We’ve awarded him an Amey Star in recognition. We are also very grateful to Kweku Ackle’Menser, the man who drew Andy’s attention to the lady’s plight.”
Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for the environment, said: “I’m really pleased that Andy reacted the way he did and showed such bravery. His quick thinking under difficult circumstances clearly made a real difference.”
The woman was taken to hospital after the incident.