Exol’s Andy Hague receives Police commendation for life-saving act

Andy Hague, Exol Lubricants maintenance manager at its Rotherham site, has received the high honour of a District Commander’s Commendation, after rescuing a lady experiencing mental health difficulties from the canal, adjacent to the Exol site. 

Andy raised the alarm when he noticed “ripples in the water” and along with other Exol colleagues passed her the life ring, but because of the height of the tow path, she was unable to be safely lifted out at that time.

Andy maintained close communication with the lady and thanks to further assistance from the emergency services including Police, paramedics and the Fire Brigade, she was successfully lifted out of the water.

Andy said: “I never asked to be put in that situation but I’m just so thankful we were able to help and support the lady. The Exol team and emergency services were incredible and I also want to raise awareness of the support we need to show mental health services, who are facing unprecedented demand during this time.”  

Andy collected the award with his partner Nicola Milne on Monday 8th June from South Yorkshire Police Chief Superintendent, Una Jennings, who said: “You truly exemplify humanity at its best – a remarkable person helping a stranger in crisis. Honour comes with assisting and saving someone’s life, having the perception and courage to step up.”

Steve Dunn, Exol sales and marketing director, added: “The thoughts of the entire Exol family are with the lady involved in the incident and we are extremely proud of Andy’s intervention. The situation could have been much worse and so we are thankful that everybody is safe and receiving the support they need.”