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Police Sergeant Commended After Mine Shaft Rescue

Tuesday July 9 2013

Brave: Darren Taylor Brave: Darren Taylor

A POLICE sergeant who put his own life at risk to help a suicidal man found in an old mine shaft has had his courage recognised.

Sgt Darren Taylor, from the town's anti-social behaviour response team, was commended for his bravery at the 'Leaders in Action' police ceremony.

Det Insp Mark Wilkie said Sgt Taylor came to the aid a 40-year-old man who had a knife and was found down an old mine shaft in the Dodworth area.

DI Wilkie said the man had made it clear to officers he wanted to commit suicide and Sgt Taylor, a former miner himself, went down the shaft with a paramedic and negotiated with the man to hand over the knife and eventually took him back to the surface.

BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration hosted the event, which is now in its sixth year, acknowledging South Yorkshire Police's finest in 16 awards categories.

Chf Con David Crompton said: "I'm extremely proud of everyone. It shows the dedication, and outstanding ability of our officers and staff and their commitment to make South Yorkshire a safer place for everybody."

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Reply Posted by WEDGE OV HOYLAND on Thursday July 11 2013 at 17:10
Shame he didn't fall down it the dirty pig

Reply Posted by Beep Beep on Thursday July 11 2013 at 19:31
You and people like you are scum. Bottom feeders. Why don't you get off your backside and help people instead of slating people who do? Why? Becasue you are probably a criminal and low life to boot.

Reply Posted by Tracey on Thursday July 11 2013 at 17:29
Excellent Police Officer Very pleasant to deal with wish more were like him Well done Sgt Taylor

Reply Posted by ken on Thursday July 11 2013 at 20:40
well done Darren you are a top man and I am very proud of you if only everyone was like you and your family the world would be a lot better place

Reply Posted by Dinky on Saturday July 13 2013 at 23:44
Well done. Ignore Wedge, he obviously has a WEDGE missing from his head.