A MALTON police officer has been shortlisted for an award in recognition of his bravery.

PCSO Geoff Wynn is in the running for North Yorkshire Police’s Public Choice Award after being the first on the scene of what the force described as “two extremely challenging and potentially harrowing events”.

PCSO Wynn, together with PC Steve Ashley, was first on the scene of a fatal road accident involving a car and articulated lorry in August. While PC Ashley dealt with the driver, he tended to a severely injured boy until ambulance crews arrived.

Three days later, PCSO Wynn attended reports of concern for the safety of a young woman on a bridge over the A64 at Malton.

He took hold of the woman’s arms and held her onto the bridge before being joined by members of the public who assisted him. He held the woman for an hour and 10 minutes until she could be safely removed, all the time maintaining verbal communication.

The nomination said: “Typically, Geoff never makes a fuss or draws attention to his actions and just ‘gets on’ with his job.”

PCSO Wynn said: “I am grateful for the nomination, but I only did what any of my colleagues would have done had they been first on scene. I was part of a larger team who came together to ensure the safety of a vulnerable woman.”

Nine individuals have been nominated for the award having shown, over the past year, a significant demonstration in courage, compassion or inspiration.

Chief Constable Lisa Winward said: “Every day, members of the North Yorkshire Police family do remarkable things and go the extra mile to serve the public.

“The Public Choice Award is an opportunity for us to showcase some of the extraordinary work some of our police officers, staff and volunteers have done, which are in line with our three values of courage, compassion and inspiration.

“I hope that this year’s nominations will encourage members of the communities we serve to place their vote.”

The winner will be announced by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan, at the North Yorkshire Police annual awards event in November.

Ms Mulligan said: “The Public Choice Award is a showcase for the extraordinary work that our officers, volunteers and staff provide for our communities, keeping us safe and feeling safe hour-after-hour, day-after-day.

“Every day across North Yorkshire I hear how much our communities value the work of our brave police officers and staff and this award is an excellent opportunity for us to showcase our officers who have gone the extra mile.”

To cast your vote, visit northyorkshire.police.uk/public-choice-award-2019/