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COMMUNITY HERO: FOREST

10 February 2017

The story of our latest special guests at Carrow Road

NORWICH City are delighted to welcome two local police officers recently involved in a rescue that helped save a women's life as KarePlus Community Heroes for Saturday's visit of Nottingham Forest to Carrow Road.

PC Joseph Jermy has been a police officer for four years after wanting to follow in his father’s footsteps and PC Jon Downs has been a police officer for 16 years as he wanted to serve his local community and Norfolk.

Both officers work on a team that deal with local community engagement and proactive work. They are also involved in numerous drugs operations involving recovery of large quantities of drugs as well as helping with tackling human trafficking. 

The pair, who have won awards for their achievements, heard a report that had been broadcast over their radio stating that a young girl was seen on the A47 bridge in the Dereham area threatening to throw herself from it.

"We spotted her standing on a thin ledge on the flyover bridge over a very busy road/train line," PC Jermy told canaries.co.uk.

"She was very upset and was shouting that she was going to jump off.

PC Downs added: "I stood underneath the bridge at first and tried to engage with the female whom was adamant she was going to jump.

"I could see that the female appeared to be losing consciousness. It was at this time without thinking me and PC Jermy ran up the side of the bridge leading to the A47 towards where the girl was standing and PC Jermy scaled the outside of the bridge and walked along the bridge ledge." 

"As I reached the girl she began to fit and fall forwards," explained PC Jermy.

"I had to crouch over her on tiptoes as the ledge was too thin and hold onto the wire fence with my fingertips. This meant she could not fall forwards which would have surely killed her."

Both officers continued to put their lives on the line for a lengthy amount of time, holding onto each other to stop the girl from falling before the fire service arrived to help remove her from the bridge. 

Please give PC Downs and PC Jermy a big Carrow Road welcome when they bring out the matchball ahead of kick-off! 


At every Sky Bet Championship home match, the Canaries will invite a deserving community-minded individual or individuals to be their KarePlus Community Hero and place the matchball on a special plinth prior to kick-off. 

Whether the individual works in the emergency services or the armed forces, is a carer or charity champion, a super fan or a regional sporting hero, the initiative celebrates their contribution to the local community. 

If there is anyone you think deserves special recognition for their community efforts or personal achievements, please contact the Club via communityhero@canaries.co.uk.




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