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Off-duty police officer saves woman's life in dramatic rescue

PUBLISHED: 16:43 11 August 2015 | UPDATED: 16:54 11 August 2015

Ivan Rydqvist

Ivan Rydqvist

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He risked his own safety to save her

AN OFF-DUTY police officer saved a woman’s life when she tried to harm herself by running into the road.

Met policeman Ivan Rydqvist, who is based in Sidcup, was visiting his son in Larkfield, near Maidstone, on Sunday, August 2, when he saw the woman lying on the ground in with a crowd around her in Leybourne Way.

He went over to try to talk to her and see if she was hurt or needed help when suddenly she got up and ran into the road.

“She said she was homeless and wanted to die as she had nothing to live for,” said the 63-year-old, who lives in Darenth and has been a policeman for 20 years.

“I tried to grab hold of her to stop her, but she prised her wrist out of my hand. I shouted at her to come back and ran after her.

“Cars swerved to avoid her, and I grabbed her by the wrist and pulled her back onto the grass verge, where we both fell over, but were safe.

“I held onto her and would not let her get back up again. She calmed down after a while.”

Ambulance crews soon arrived to take care of the woman.

“I did not think of my safety at the time. I guess I put my life at risk but I didn’t see it like that. All I wanted was to make sure she was all right,” Mr Rydqvist added.

“I couldn’t let her die. If I had left her she would have run across the other carriageway.

“It would have been a lot worse if I had had cars screeching up to me, but although a few cars came past, it was by a roundabout so any cars coming round would have seen what was happening.”

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