Lincolnshire officers who saved electrocuted shoplifter nominated for national bravery award

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Two officers who saved the life of a man who was electrocuted are to be recognised for their bravery at an awards ceremony in London.

DC Ben Moden and PC Jordan Bathie-Drexler have been nominated by Lincolnshire Police Federation for a national honour, at the Police Federation Bravery awards.

The nomination followed their actions after Lincolnshire Police received a report of a male shoplifter in Grantham.

DC Moden (who was a PC at the time) and PC Bathie-Drexler gave chase to Grantham Railway Station. Eventually the offender, having seen the two constables, jumped onto the track in an effort to run away from them.

The officers requested that trains were stopped while they gave chase. They then saw the offender starting to climb the pillar of an overhead gantry, and so the officers stopped.

They believed that he intended to climb over the gantry and exit over a fence but the offender then stepped on a live connection to one of the electric cables and was electrocuted by the current, believed to be 25,000 Volts.

The impact caused the man to be thrown from a significant height and set alight. Despite the dangerous situation, DC Moden and PC Bathie-Drexler ran towards the man and used their uniforms to extinguish the flames. They also performed first aid until paramedics arrived.

Their actions saved the life of the man who survived, despite sustaining significant injuries.

Deputy Chief Constable Craig Naylor said: “Our officers and staff regularly run towards danger and put themselves at risk to keep safe our communities. This incident exemplifies that. I am incredibly proud of my officers – DC Moden and PC Bathie-Drexler – and look forward to celebrating with them at the awards.”

Jon Hassall, chairman of Lincolnshire Police Federation, said: “Selfless acts of bravery such as these by PC Bathie-Drexler and DC Ben Moden are in the finest traditions of the police service putting other people’s safety before their own.”

DC Moden and PC Bathie-Drexler were recognised by Lincolnshire Police in January for their bravery, at the Force’s Annual Recognition Awards. They received the Chief Constable’s Commendation, and a Royal Humane Society Testimonial on Parchment.

Awards were presented by Air Commodore Peter Squires OBE and the event was also attended by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Marc Jones.