Bath security guard Mark Cooper honoured at awards for his bravery when he saved a life
A Bath security guard who saved the life of a distressed woman has won an award for his quick thinking.
Mark Cooper, who works at The Podium, grabbed the woman as she tried to throw herself into the river behind the shopping centre.
He has been presented with a British Security Industry Association's award for an Outstanding Act in the South West.
Mr Cooper had been walking along the path by the River Avon when he came across the agitated young woman who was pacing up and down.
As he approached her, the woman sat down on a narrow railing with her feet hanging over the edge.
Mr Cooper saw that she was crying, and attempted to persuaded her to come down and talk to him.
However, she suddenly tried to throw herself into the river, and was stopped only when Mr Cooper grabbed her backpack and pulled her to safety.
A struggle then followed, with the woman trying to jump over the railings and Mr Cooper holding on to her until the police arrived.
He said: "I am truly honoured to have won this award, it is great to be recognised for your hard work.
"Helping people in need is part of my nature and I would only hope someone would do the same for me."
Mr Cooper, who works for the Westgrove Group, will now go through to the national judging phase of the awards.
Westgrove business manager, Anil Verma, said: "Mark is a true diamond that we are proud to have as part of our business and profession.
"Many people out there would have thought twice about approaching this person.
"With his personal and professional attributes, Mark assisted this person without reservation – and saved a life."
The awards are designed to recognise security officers who demonstrate dedication, loyalty, teamwork, customer service skills and bravery on a daily basis.