Security Officer Honoured for Saving Drowning Woman

Canary Wharf security officer Shaun Cassidy this week received the inaugural Canary Wharf Management Limited (CWML) employee of the year award for his heroic efforts to save the life of a drowning woman in Middle Dock at Canary Wharf last August.

The woman was reportedly inebriated and had jumped in the dock at about 10.45pm as part of a dare. She was below the surface and unconscious when security officers arrived at the scene. Cassidy, 25, jumped in the water, fitted a life preserver and helped other security officers pull her to safety. Cassidy and the security officers also helped to rescue two men who had jumped in to save the woman.

The woman and two men where treated at the scene by paramedics and taken by ambulance to hospital, where they were discharged without serious injury.

Cassidy, who is an ex-Royal Navy Rating with water rescue training, was proud to receive the award, but said: “The award is not about me; it was a real team effort to save the life of this woman and a number of my colleagues played an important part.”

“When we arrived at the scene it was clear the woman was in distress, and the two men in the water trying to help her were tired and cold. Thanks to some good team work, we were able to act quickly in what could have been a deadly situation.”

The Employee of the Year award was decided by members of the staff consultative committee, and presented by Peter Kyte, Managing Director of CWML, who strongly praised Cassidy’s efforts. Cassidy received a silver salver and £500.

Richard Kemp, Director of Security at Canary Wharf Group, also praised Cassidy’s heroism, saying “The actions of the team and Shaun in particular undoubtedly saved this woman’s life. It is one of the bravest things I’ve come across in my career; being in cold water in the dark with a distressed person is very debilitating.

“I am very proud that we have people of Shaun’s character and training in the Canary Wharf security team, who are willing to go beyond the call of duty to rescue a member of the public,” he said.

Notes to Editor:
1) Canary Wharf Management Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Canary Wharf Group plc.
2) Images of the Shaun Cassidy receiving the award are available on request.
3) On 27 January Canary Wharf Group received a special award at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Community Safety Awards “in recognition of contribution to making Tower Hamlets a safer and enjoyable place to work and visit; matching security with courtesy and friendliness.”
About Canary Wharf Group plc
The prime business function of CWG is the building and leasing of Grade A office and retail space at its 97 acre estate in East London (“the Estate”). Over the last twenty years it has constructed more office space in London than any other property group totalling over 14 million sq. ft of commercial space. The development now comprises 33 office buildings and over 200 shops, bars and restaurants within four retail malls. It also has a conference and banqueting centres, two Docklands Light Railway stations, a Jubilee line station, car parks and approximately 20 acres of landscaped open spaces.
CWG owns completed properties amounting to approximately 7.9 million sq ft. CWG also owns and controls the retail space (approximately 740,000 sq ft), Wintergardens (40,000 sq ft) and public parking, (approx. 1.5m sq ft) as well as the roads (totalling 6.8 km) and parks and open spaces on the Estate (totalling 382,900 sq ft) in addition to land held for future development. It is through this ownership and the management of the entire 97 acre Estate that CWG controls the integrity of the Estate which enhances the value of the whole.