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CPO rolls up his sleeves in the media team

By 14 December 2010 9

This in from ACT Policing:

The Chief Police Officer for the ACT, Roman Quaedvlieg, has praised the actions of a Gungahlin Patrol member for his swift and potentially life-saving actions yesterday afternoon (Monday December 13).

About 4.30pm Gungahlin patrol members responded to an incident in Ngunnawal where a female appeared to be confused and disoriented.

The woman had run onto Amagula Crescent in front of a bus at which time the driver of the bus had to brake heavily, taking evasive action. Witnessing the event, Constable Dean Saddler took immediate action by running onto the road and physically removing the woman from harm.

Chief Police Officer Quaedvlieg praised Constable Saddler’s heroic actions and the driver of the bus.

“Constable Saddler is a credit to ACT Policing and the community. Had he not responded the way he did the woman would have undoubtedly sustained serious injury,” he said.

Chief Police Officer Quaedvlieg also commended the actions of the bus driver who reacted quickly to the situation and took evasive action while ensuring passenger safety.

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9 Responses to CPO rolls up his sleeves in the media team
#1
amarooresident33:43 pm, 14 Dec 10

Gosh, along with the Kellaway Avenue shenanigans it’s been a busy couple of days for the cops in Gungahlin. My home town is growing up!

#2
Deano5:54 pm, 14 Dec 10

Not knowing the exact details of the incident or to belittle Constable Saddler for doing a good job, but isn’t the standard for ‘heroic actions’ just a bit low in the AFP?

#3
BerraBoy686:15 pm, 14 Dec 10

Deano said :

Not knowing the exact details of the incident or to belittle Constable Saddler for doing a good job, but isn’t the standard for ‘heroic actions’ just a bit low in the AFP?

Putting themselves in harms way is par for the course for the Police, and good on them for what they do. I’m more concerned that the bus driver is being praised for taking evasive action and hitting the brakes. Surely, not doing so wouldn’t have made much sense.

#4
sunshine7:25 pm, 14 Dec 10

sunshine said :

Deano said :

Not knowing the exact details of the incident or to belittle Constable Saddler for doing a good job, but isn’t the standard for ‘heroic actions’ just a bit low in the AFP?

Putting themselves in harms way is par for the course for the Police, and good on them for what they do. I’m more concerned that the bus driver is being praised for taking evasive action and hitting the brakes. Surely, not doing so wouldn’t have made much sense.

yes it may be what the police are expected to do on a daily basis – but you know what…it’s about time not only their own Service gave well deserved positive feedback but so should the community, especially considering the crap they have to deal with on a daily basis – so . thank you for a job well done.

#5
jadie3607:09 am, 15 Dec 10

I dunno, but I would like to think that if I saw someone who appeared to be confused and disoriented run in front of a bus I would take immediate action by running onto the road and physically removing the woman from harm. And I sure as hell KNOW if I was driving and saw the same woman I would have reacted quickly to the situation and took evasive action
Not all that heroic really.

#6
Holditz8:48 am, 15 Dec 10

BerraBoy68 said :

I’m more concerned that the bus driver is being praised for taking evasive action and hitting the brakes. Surely, not doing so wouldn’t have made much sense.

Well, given the size of a bus and that he also had a duty of care to the people riding in the bus it’s probably a bit harder to take driving a bus for granted.

#7
BenMac9:09 am, 15 Dec 10

dunno, but I would like to think that if I saw someone who appeared to be confused and disoriented run in front of a bus I would take immediate action by running onto the road and physically removing the woman from harm. And I sure as hell KNOW if I was driving and saw the same woman I would have reacted quickly to the situation and took evasive action
Not all that heroic really.

Have you driven a bus before? Do you know it’s stopping distance?

Do you know how much time the driver had to react? I don’t think she ran out in front of the bus 5mins before it arrived. If it was a suicide attempt, she probably stepped out just as it was going past.

No? Sit down.

#8
Me no fry10:12 am, 15 Dec 10

BerraBoy68 said :

Deano said :

Not knowing the exact details of the incident or to belittle Constable Saddler for doing a good job, but isn’t the standard for ‘heroic actions’ just a bit low in the AFP?

Putting themselves in harms way is par for the course for the Police, and good on them for what they do. I’m more concerned that the bus driver is being praised for taking evasive action and hitting the brakes. Surely, not doing so wouldn’t have made much sense.

In this situation I reckon it’s good to offer positive praise, even if they (the cop and the bus driver) were doing exactly what we hoped and expected them to – that is, their jobs.

Never underestimate the power of positive feedback.

#9
WalkTheTalk2:14 pm, 16 Dec 10

“Jadie360″ the day that you DO actually run onto the road and save someone who appears dazed and confused
from being hit by a bus (or do some other similar gutsy act) is the day you can make an informed comment on those that do. I’d like to think most of us on hearing these efforts (albeit in brief) were impressed and have no idea whether we’d be able to do that ourselves or not.

As for your comments ‘Deano’, you’re right on two counts. Without knowing the exact details you did manage to belittle Const Saddler’s actions – ever notice how a ‘but’ usually negates what ever is said before it?

Well done to Const Saddler, and to the bus driver for apparently not injuring any of his (non-seat belt provided) passengers in this incident.

FFS – some comments here made about a Police Officer and bus driver reacting impressively to a critical incident make me wonder what would be said had Const Saddler and/or the driver done nothing!

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