A MAN from Hailsham has won the Resident of the Month Award for saving another man’s life.
Peter Hicks was collecting lugworm between Normans Bay and Cooden when he spotted someone in the distance who appeared to be in distress.
The casualty, John Freeman, had blacked out and was almost completely submerged before Peter was able to get to him.
Peter acted instinctively, running over to John, who was unconscious, and hauled him out of the sea to safety.
Peter then stood next to the road to flag down a passing vehicle in order to try and get help.
An ambulance was called and John was taken to hospital, where he made a full recovery.
The Resident of the Month Award was introduced to recognise unsung heroes in the local community.
It is jointly sponsored by Advanta Chartered Accountants and the Eastbourne Herald.
To recognise his bravery, Peter was presented with a certificate by Richard King, a director at Advanta.
Richard said, “Peter’s actions were very courageous and he should be proud that he saved a life.
“We’re delighted to present him with the Resident of the Month Award.”
As part of his award, Peter and a guest are now looking forward to a complimentary meal at Ridgways restaurant in Meads.
To nominate someone who you think deserves recognition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 411222.