Teens honoured after risking their lives to rescue suicidal woman from tracks at Romsey railway station

Daily Echo: Mackenzie Melling and Maciej Andrzejewski with their commendations Mackenzie Melling and Maciej Andrzejewski with their commendations

TWO schoolboys who risked their lives to save a suicidal woman at a Hampshire railway station have been honoured.

Mackenzie Melling and Maciej Andrzejewski went on to the tracks at Romsey station and successfully talked the unnamed woman out of taking her own life earlier this year.

Now both have been commended for their actions by British Transport Police’s chief constable Andrew Trotter who presented a framed certificate to each of the 14-year-olds.

Mr Trotter said: “I felt proud to honour these individuals for making a difference by going above and beyond their call of duty or reflecting the best of human nature.”

When Mackenzie and Maciej, both pupils at Romsey School, spotted the woman at the station on January 12 she appeared in a desperate and distressed state.

She told the teenagers that she wanted to end it all and seconds later walked on to the tracks.

Mackenzie, who lives in Romsey, had gone to the station to see off his mate Maciej who was waiting for a train back to his home in Southampton.

Mackenzie’s mum Chantelle said: “Realising that she was serious about what she was going to do they knew they had to help as no one else on the platform wanted to.”

Mackenzie and Maciej went onto the tracks and tried to persuade her to get back on the platform as a passenger train was due in a short time later.

Mrs Melling added: “Maciej stayed on the tracks with the woman while my son came back onto the platform to try and calm down other people who were watching. He told them what the woman wanted to do, as people were shouting to leave her alone.”

The boys managed to usher the woman back onto the platform but she headed for the tracks again.

Maciej then held her back while Mackenzie phoned police and both tried to comfort the woman until officers arrived.

“We knew we had to do something to help this lady, even though it was scary, I guess it felt like my duty as a citizen,” said Mackenzie.

Maciej added: “When you see someone in so much distress, you have to act. I just did what was necessary.”

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8:43am Sat 14 Dec 13

cgt says...

These boys are a credit to their parents. It's so good to see a positive article about young people in the Daily Echo.
These boys are a credit to their parents. It's so good to see a positive article about young people in the Daily Echo. cgt

11:28am Sat 14 Dec 13

Vix1 says...

What brave brave boys!! You deserve your commendations. If only there were more youngsters like these.
What brave brave boys!! You deserve your commendations. If only there were more youngsters like these. Vix1

11:31am Sat 14 Dec 13

dango says...

yet a rail worker was sacked for saving a disabled womans life in the same situation. WTF is the world coming to?
yet a rail worker was sacked for saving a disabled womans life in the same situation. WTF is the world coming to? dango

11:43am Sat 14 Dec 13

Zexagon says...

But the chief contstable doesn't let his own guys go on the line. So why is HE giving the award. We'll done lads
But the chief contstable doesn't let his own guys go on the line. So why is HE giving the award. We'll done lads Zexagon

12:24pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Inform Al says...

And one of these lads is obviously of Eastern European descent, think that makes it one to the Southampton chavs and nil to the Echo's bigot brigade.
And one of these lads is obviously of Eastern European descent, think that makes it one to the Southampton chavs and nil to the Echo's bigot brigade. Inform Al

1:34pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Zexagon says...

People were shouting leave her alone? I hope they've read this and realise how totally useless they are
People were shouting leave her alone? I hope they've read this and realise how totally useless they are Zexagon

2:58pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Georgethepie says...

Inform Al wrote:
And one of these lads is obviously of Eastern European descent, think that makes it one to the Southampton chavs and nil to the Echo's bigot brigade.
That's it bring out the racist card Al. So because readers air there views on a public forum about the problems of mass migration that makes them bigots. Your as bad as Gordon Brown!!!
On thread well done to the boys though I'm not sure risking your own young life's by running onto a railway is a good thing to be doing.
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: And one of these lads is obviously of Eastern European descent, think that makes it one to the Southampton chavs and nil to the Echo's bigot brigade.[/p][/quote]That's it bring out the racist card Al. So because readers air there views on a public forum about the problems of mass migration that makes them bigots. Your as bad as Gordon Brown!!! On thread well done to the boys though I'm not sure risking your own young life's by running onto a railway is a good thing to be doing. Georgethepie

4:50pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Inform Al says...

Georgethepie wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
And one of these lads is obviously of Eastern European descent, think that makes it one to the Southampton chavs and nil to the Echo's bigot brigade.
That's it bring out the racist card Al. So because readers air there views on a public forum about the problems of mass migration that makes them bigots. Your as bad as Gordon Brown!!!
On thread well done to the boys though I'm not sure risking your own young life's by running onto a railway is a good thing to be doing.
The only politician worse than Gordon Brown is Dodgy Dave C'moron, oh and perhaps the rest of his antisocial cabinet. Fortunately as I am not a politician my position in the pecking order is totally irelevant, much as your gripe about playing the racist card when I was merely making an observation which could only have upset members of the bigot brigade.
[quote][p][bold]Georgethepie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: And one of these lads is obviously of Eastern European descent, think that makes it one to the Southampton chavs and nil to the Echo's bigot brigade.[/p][/quote]That's it bring out the racist card Al. So because readers air there views on a public forum about the problems of mass migration that makes them bigots. Your as bad as Gordon Brown!!! On thread well done to the boys though I'm not sure risking your own young life's by running onto a railway is a good thing to be doing.[/p][/quote]The only politician worse than Gordon Brown is Dodgy Dave C'moron, oh and perhaps the rest of his antisocial cabinet. Fortunately as I am not a politician my position in the pecking order is totally irelevant, much as your gripe about playing the racist card when I was merely making an observation which could only have upset members of the bigot brigade. Inform Al

6:04pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Shoong says...

What's even more remarkable to me is that they did it without hi-vis jackets...
What's even more remarkable to me is that they did it without hi-vis jackets... Shoong

7:50pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Georgethepie says...

Inform Al wrote:
Georgethepie wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
And one of these lads is obviously of Eastern European descent, think that makes it one to the Southampton chavs and nil to the Echo's bigot brigade.
That's it bring out the racist card Al. So because readers air there views on a public forum about the problems of mass migration that makes them bigots. Your as bad as Gordon Brown!!!
On thread well done to the boys though I'm not sure risking your own young life's by running onto a railway is a good thing to be doing.
The only politician worse than Gordon Brown is Dodgy Dave C'moron, oh and perhaps the rest of his antisocial cabinet. Fortunately as I am not a politician my position in the pecking order is totally irelevant, much as your gripe about playing the racist card when I was merely making an observation which could only have upset members of the bigot brigade.
I can think of many worst than dodgy Dave, Tony Blair for starters, but this isn't about politics is it?
What your trying to say if I'm reading you right is, People with a view on migration, the ones you choose to call Bigots will be truly upset at the fact a young lad with Eastern European connections saved a life. And I don't see why you needed to mention it!!!
If I needed saving I wouldn't give a monkeys if that person had dropped from the moon as I'm sure you wouldn't.
Just congratulate the boys for doing some good and move on
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Georgethepie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: And one of these lads is obviously of Eastern European descent, think that makes it one to the Southampton chavs and nil to the Echo's bigot brigade.[/p][/quote]That's it bring out the racist card Al. So because readers air there views on a public forum about the problems of mass migration that makes them bigots. Your as bad as Gordon Brown!!! On thread well done to the boys though I'm not sure risking your own young life's by running onto a railway is a good thing to be doing.[/p][/quote]The only politician worse than Gordon Brown is Dodgy Dave C'moron, oh and perhaps the rest of his antisocial cabinet. Fortunately as I am not a politician my position in the pecking order is totally irelevant, much as your gripe about playing the racist card when I was merely making an observation which could only have upset members of the bigot brigade.[/p][/quote]I can think of many worst than dodgy Dave, Tony Blair for starters, but this isn't about politics is it? What your trying to say if I'm reading you right is, People with a view on migration, the ones you choose to call Bigots will be truly upset at the fact a young lad with Eastern European connections saved a life. And I don't see why you needed to mention it!!! If I needed saving I wouldn't give a monkeys if that person had dropped from the moon as I'm sure you wouldn't. Just congratulate the boys for doing some good and move on Georgethepie

9:41am Mon 16 Dec 13

solents says...

Going onto the tracks is the very last resort. The lines through Romsey have an electrified 3rd rail. If any of them had slipped and fell then 650 volts does it's job very quickly and the situation would have been very different.
If this was to occur again at any station the 1st call should always be to a member of staff if they are available or straight to the Police and stay away from the tracks. There is a lot that can go wrong when you proceed to the tracks, and a lot of potential for further tragedy.
At Romsey itself, it is likely that most trains are stopping, and if so a driver would have sufficient time to stop if they were to spot anyone on the track.
Despite all of this though; morally then these two lads did the right thing and saved the life of this woman. It was very brave of them. Well done and I hope the woman concerned is now getting all the help she can to avoid her trying this again.
Going onto the tracks is the very last resort. The lines through Romsey have an electrified 3rd rail. If any of them had slipped and fell then 650 volts does it's job very quickly and the situation would have been very different. If this was to occur again at any station the 1st call should always be to a member of staff if they are available or straight to the Police and stay away from the tracks. There is a lot that can go wrong when you proceed to the tracks, and a lot of potential for further tragedy. At Romsey itself, it is likely that most trains are stopping, and if so a driver would have sufficient time to stop if they were to spot anyone on the track. Despite all of this though; morally then these two lads did the right thing and saved the life of this woman. It was very brave of them. Well done and I hope the woman concerned is now getting all the help she can to avoid her trying this again. solents

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