Haroon Yousaf on duty at Ardleigh Green

A security officer from an Ilford based company was involved in a remarkable life saving incident whilst on a patrol in Romford, when he prevented a drunken and depressed man from jumping off Ardleigh Bridge over the A127. He is being hailed as a super hero by management staff from the engineering company who are coordinating the bridge replacement project, for his quick thinking and calmness in a very difficult situation.

Haroon Yousaf who has been employed by A. A security for over 9 years is a committed and hard-working individual who rarely misses a shift when healthy. Although he has been suffering for some time with a painful cyst in his stomach region he bravely endures his work without complaint.

During the early hours of Saturday 25th November, whilst patrolling around the current Ardleigh Bridge, Haroon noticed a man with one leg planted on the bridge and another leg dangling from the other side of the bridge, it was clear to haroon the man was attempting to jump off the bridge.

Despite having never dealt with a potential suicide on his shift before, Haroon swiftly followed protocol for the site. He first contacted

the other security officer on site a Mr Ahmed and asked him to contact our control centre, whilst he kept the man committing suicide engaged.

Mr Ahmed than contacted A.A. Security control centre who asked Ahmed to immediately contact the police and to inform the senior operative for the engineering clients at the site, of the emergency.

In the meanwhile Haroon Yousaf, described how he kept the the man attempting suicide from jumping, he said:

"I tried to make the man think of positive things in his life, I asked him if he had any family and explained that his death would cause them great panic. I told him despite how he feels at the moment family and friends love him and need you in their lives so that together you strengthen one another.

"I also told him about how God had saved me from great depression after my mother passed away and it seemed to work he calmed down and started to listen to me."

"Something changed however and at one point he just started to shout expletives at me, but I ignored him. I told him it was fine to vent his frustration at me just as long as it helped him calm down."

When Mr Ahmed his security partner and several men arrived on the bridge behind Haroon he used gestures and his eyes to ask two of them to go to the other side.

Two employees from our clients crossed the road but not before they had placed cones on the road, preventing any traffic from getting to an area where a potential jump or fall from the man attempting suicide, might cause additional deaths or injuries.

Once the site foreman got o the other side he and Haroon exchanged looks, Haroon kept the attention of the man they were attempting to save by talking and looking at him, when the foreman ran to grab the man from around his waist from behind, Haroon followed up and grabbed the man from the front. Together the two man pulled him away from danger and held him to the ground until the police arrived.

Mr Ahmed returned to the site immediately and called the A. A. Security control centre as soon as the man was safe. He also immediately began to write up the Incident report, ensuring that it was kept for evidence purposes.

When an A.A. Security Services response team arrived on site they asked if Haroon wanted to remain on site or leave with full pay and Haroon decided to remain. His commitment to A.A. Security has been labelled as 'unrelenting and total' by Director Juliet Chowdhry.

Wilson Chowdhry, Director of A.A Security Ltd, said:

"The intelligence and foresight of Haroon Yousaf has to be complimented. Not only did his quick thinking save a drunken man from committing suicide that may well have simply been a momentary depressive state related to the drink, but his actions also saved many others who could have been involved in a very dangerous vehicle incident and consequential collisions.

"His recall of our company protocol and the investment we put into training him effectively helped guide his actions in what was a tremendously brave and well coordinated reaction to a new and very dangerous situation. It proves that inward investment can really yield professional dividend.

"The manner in which our security operatives and our client operatives teamed up to save so many people is simply a textbook delivery of life saving services."