BIRMINGHAM: An heroic police officer who dived into the freezing waters of the River Irwell to save a man in distress has reached the finals of the Amplifon Awards for Brave Britons. PC Mohammed Nadeem, whose actions earned him the nickname The Hoff, had only been in the job nine months when he answered a radio call over concerns for a man near Hardy’s Gate Bridge, off Dumers Lane, in February.
According to an Asiam Image report, arriving first on the scene, PC Nadeem saw the man lose his footing and fall into the river. Without any thought for his own safety, he immediately scrambled 9 feet down to the banking, and jumped into the flowing, swollen waters.
It was only when he was back on dry land that he realised how cold he was, telling the Bury Times at the time: “When I got out I was seriously cold, I couldn’t feel my legs much at one point.”
PC Nadeem was then taken to Fairfield General Hospital, where he was given treatment for hypothermia for around two hours. Despite his ordeal, PC Nadeem suffered no further injuries so was discharged, returning to work the next day.
However his heavily pregnant wife did not know about the rescue, and it was only after the story made headlines that she found out.
PC Nadeem said he is passionate about his job, describing it as stressful, but noted that he loves doing “something that makes someone else’s life better”.
Following the incident PC Nadeem picked up a national Police Bravery Award and was amazed when David “The Hoff” Hasselhoff appeared on screen to congratulate him. He added: “When I rescued the man, I didn’t think of the risks. And when I received the bravery award, I couldn’t have asked for more. But it was not just for me it was for all police officers.”
He will now attend the Amplifon Awards for Brave Britons finals at the Army and Navy Club, London, on October 6, in the Service To Their Country category.
The awards were set up in honour of the hearing health firm’s founder, decorated Second World War hero, Major Charles Holland.
Also heading to the finals is Peter James-Robinson, from Radcliffe, who “died” twice in hospital 18 years ago, and was miraculously brought back to life.