York rail worker receives award for bravery and professionalism (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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York rail worker receives award for bravery and professionalism
A RAILWAY worker has been recognised for his bravery and professionalism after he saved the life of a woman who had been hit by a train at a level crossing.
Chris Roberts works from Hudson House in York, was part of a team closing level crossings for Network Rail.
He saw a pedestrian hit by a train while working in South Yorkshire earlier this year – incredibly she survived and Mr Roberts helped emergency services treat her.
It inspired him to design a temporary footbridge to go over the crossing to prevent further accidents, and it was in place just 13 days later.
Tom O’Connor, managing director of awards organiser Rail Media, said his award was “well deserved”.
He added: "Chris rose to the challenge of helping an injured pedestrian in Thorne, South Yorkshire, and then immediately doing something about the safety issues involved.”
On Saturday, October 5, Mr Roberts was presented with the Rail Safety Person of the Year Award during the RailStaff Awards in Birmingham.
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