Officers praised after woman and child rescued from car (25 Jan 2017)

Two West Yorkshire Police officers have been praised for their bravery after rescuing a woman and child from freezing water just after 5am this morning. The officers from the Roads Policing Unit were first on scene at the road traffic collision on Westfield Lane in South Milford which left a car on its side in a water-filled ditch. They jumped into the ditch to free the mother and her young child.  

Neither the woman or the little girl suffered any serious injuries but were left shaken and cold by the incident. They were both taken to Leeds General Infirmary as a precaution. Both the officers who were near the end of their night shift when the job came in finished off their shift and then went home for a well-earned rest. 

Acting Police Sergeant Mick Kilburn said: "This is reflective of the hard work and dedication that officers from West Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Unit display on a daily basis. It was particularly brave of these two officers to go into this water-filled ditch to rescue the woman and child from the car and we are pleased that no-one suffered any serious injuries as a result of the accident. We are proud of our officers' actions." 

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson said: "I applaud the very brave actions of the two West Yorkshire officers in assisting a young mother and her young child in a very vulnerable situation. Thankfully no serious injuries were sustained and our officers acted selflessly." 

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