A Cheshire police officer saved a vulnerable woman from taking her life on the M62.
Constable Ian Blanchard was on patrol on the motorway travelling towards Liverpool between junction 10 and 9
when he spotted a woman standing near the central reservation close to the fast lane.
The officer activated his emergency lights and stopped his vehicle close to where the woman was. On seeing the police car, the
woman clambered over the central barrier and walked across three lanes of traffic to the opposite side of the motorway.
PC Blanchard leapt from his car, climbed over the central reservation and, spotting a gap in the oncoming traffic, ran across the road after her. The officer managed to reach the woman and pull her from the path of an HGV and onto the hard shoulder just seconds before impact. The woman was later taken to hospital for care and support.
Simon Roberts, Chair of Cheshire Police Federation, said: “The woman would have undoubtedly suffered fatal injuries. PC Blanchard’s quick thinking and selfless bravery in very dangerous circumstances saved her life.”
Ian has been nominated for a Police Bravery award.