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A tragedy in the making had a happy ending when Security Officer Keith Forster saved a young woman from serious injury or death near an Auckland railway station.
He was on duty in the early hours of 7 December when he noticed the woman behaving erratically on an overhead footbridge. Concerned, he approached her and engaged in conversation, where it became clear that the young woman was in a suicidal state of mind. So, he continued to engage with her while calling emergency services for assistance. But before they arrived, the woman climbed on top of the footbridge’s safety rails, so Keith leapt into action and pulled her back off the ledge the safety. He kept hold of her and reassured her until emergency services got there.
Saving a life in the course of one’s duties is the highest achievement any security guard can achieve. Keith has been recognised by being awarded the Armourguard General Manager’s commendation in recognition of his dedication, quick thinking and professionalism.