Firefighter given award for saving woman from jumping off Penang Bridge

KEPALA BATAS – A firefighter who rescued a woman from ending her life at the Penang Bridge yesterday was given a certificate of appreciation at the Millennium Hall here today in conjunction with World Firefighters Day 2022.

Speaking to reporters, Muhammad Syahir Jamaludin, 31, who works at the Jalan Perak Fire and Rescue Station, admitted that he didn’t expect his act to gain widespread attention.

He added that he was working the night shift and was on the way back to his quarters in Georgetown from Kepala Batas at 3.15pm.

Penang bridge
Photo via The Vibes

“At that time, I was riding a motorcycle and immediately stopped at KM3.4 towards the island when I saw the woman standing on the bank of the Penang Bridge.

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The tension was high because she did not want to be approached and threatened to jump while crying,” he said.

Syahir, who has been in the force for 12 years, said that several members of the public also assisted him in rescuing the woman.

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He was awarded the certificate by Housing and Local Government Ministry Secretary-General Datuk M. Noor Azman Taib in recognition of his heroic act.

“I hope that this award will serve as an encouragement for me to continue to do my work better,” he said.

The Penang Bridge has long been recognised as a hotspot for suicide, where a spate of suicide attempts were reported in recent weeks, including a man believed to have jumped to his death after leaving his Myvi’s engine running by the roadside.

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Cover image: The Vibes