07:52PM, Friday 19 December 2014
A brave police officer has spoken about saving a man who nearly fell to his death from the top of a Windsor car park.
PC Robert Drabwell was awarded at Thames Valley Police commendation ceremony for saving a man threatening to jump off the top of a multi-storey car park in Victoria Street in June.
The 35-year-old officer climbed up a wall and hung from a ladder, using his other hand to stop the man falling off the ledge and holding him back until fellow officers arrived.
"We were first on the scene when a member of the public saw a gentleman on the lift shaft on the top of the car park," he said.
"When I got there my colleague helped me get up on a low platform to talk to the male who was drinking and not happy with the world.
"We talked to him and after a while he wasn't receptive to myself so my colleague took over. Our concern was he would carry out his threat to jump off the edge.
"He steadily became more intoxicated and getting closer to the ledge and he began to fall forward over the side of the shaft but I was able to hold him while my colleagues climbed up."
The man was later detained under the mental health act and taken to Wexham Park Hospital.
PC Drabwell, who has been based at Windsor Police Station for four years, said he appreciated receiving the award but was keen to stress it was a team effort.
"It was a fairly extraordinary situation but you get on with it really because that's what we do, you treat it like any other situation," he said.
"Police officers do a lot of things that don't get recognised but they do things that put themselves in dangerous situations and we save people's lives."
The ceremony took place at Windsor Guildhall on Monday, December 1.
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