Yorkshire army reservist, Isabelle Hutchinson, has won a top national honour for her compassion and swift action after she saved a young woman from taking her own life.
The married mum-of-one was off-duty and returning to pick up her car when she spotted a distressed woman about to jump.
She immediately took control of a crowd that was forming, calmed the woman and kept her talking until the police arrived.
Her response was rewarded when she was named Best Reservist in The Sun newspaper’s military Awards – The Millies.
“My military background made a difference,“ said Isabelle from Sutton-in-Craven in North Yorkshire who is a Corporal with 299 Parachute Squadron, Royal Engineers in Wakefield.
“Being able to control the crowd and have the confidence to say ‘I’m dealing with this’ is where my training really kicked in.
“I wanted to show the woman some compassion so that she knew someone was bothered about what she did.”
HR Executive Isabelle has been in the reserves for two years and received her award at a ceremony in London in December.
299 Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers is an Army Reserve unit that provides Engineer Support to 23 Engineer Regiment (Air Assault), the dedicated Regular Army Engineer Regiment in 16 Air Assault Brigade. They have detachments in Hull, Wakefield and Gateshead. For further information please contact [email protected] or call 01904 668328