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London Midland employee honoured for helping talk man down from viaduct - Wolverhampton

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Mick Paul with Ch Supt Allan Gregory

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We work alongside thousands of amazing members of rail staff, who often go out of their way to help us keep you safe on the railway.

Mick Paul from London Midland is one such rail worker who is willing to go the extra mile and has been honoured after he helped talk a man down from a viaduct in Wolverhampton.

Train manager Mick, who is based at Shrewsbury, was working on a service on 14 January this year when it was brought to a stop on Oxley junction, following concerns for the safety of a man sat on the bridge.

While officers made their way to the scene, Mick got out of the train and spoke with the man, building a rapport with him and persuading him to come away from the edge. The rail employee then managed to get the man onto the train and to safety, until officers arrived and made sure he got the support he needed.

At a ceremony on Monday (19 June), Mick was awarded a commendation for his actions that day, which ensured the incident came to a swift and safe conclusion.

Midland commander Superintendent Sandra England said: “Mr Paul went above and beyond that day, putting someone else’s safety before his own in order to secure their wellbeing . He is a credit to London Midland and the rail industry.”

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