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Heroic Hutt cop makes news back home

Oct 13th, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

cop heroA LOWER Hutt police constable’s heroic dive into Wellington harbour to save a drowning man has made headline news in his Scottish home town in the Highlands.

Local media outlet Strathspey and Badenoch Herald in Scotland carried NewsWire’s story about Constable Bruce Cook’s rescue, along with details of his family’s reaction back home.

His mother, Mary Cook’s, first reaction on hearing of her son’s bravery was to say she hoped he was wearing clean underwear.

Her second was to buy new boxer shorts emblazoned with the Saltire from her son’s native home Scotland.

While Mrs Cook shopped, Bruce Cook Snr, a former police officer, alerted local press, who relayed his son’s tale which later appeared in three Scottish newspapers.

“That has been the best part, making my parents proud,” says Constable Cook of Lower Hutt  police.

He is bashful about the amount of attention, but says it is good to see positive press for the police: “Police do good stuff every day, but it’s not always appreciated.”

He stripped to his underwear and dived off Petone Whard into Wellington harbour to help a man who was in trouble in the water.

William Fowles (18) had jumped off the wharf to retrieve a tennis ball, but had underestimated the force of the wind and tide and was unable to swim back to safety.

The Scottish police officer moved to New Zealand in 1998 after meeting his future wife in an earlier cycling tour around the world.

They married in 2003 and have three children.

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