SAVING lives, being held at gun-point and helping offenders get their lives back on the right side of the law is all in a day's work for a police officer.
Sgt John Wynne has had a remarkable career in Cheshire Constabulary and recently collected a Long Service and Good Conduct medal in recognition of his efforts during the last 23 years.
In that time he has confronted a guntoting offender in a domestic incident and saved the life of a fleeing suspect.
Father-of-two John, from Northwich, said: 'I was an HGV motor mechanic until I was 25. I realised I wanted a change. I wanted to do something where I could make a difference - I joined the police and haven't looked back since.'
Northwich Police Station was John's first posting as a constable after training and it wasn't long before he was in the thick of the action.
He said: 'In the mid-80s I was called to a domestic incident. The man at the house produced a shotgun and I was standing between the man and a woman and child, trying to negotiate with him. Looking back, it's a bit unnerving when you think about what could have happened. At the time I just went into auto-pilot.
'After what seemed like an age trying to get the man to drop the gun, he dragged the woman and child in a car and sped off. He drove to Stockport and committed suicide, so it was a very tragic end.'
For his actions, John, 49, received a Chief Constable's commendation for bravery - and it wasn't long before he was given a Royal Humane Society Parchment for lifesaving.
He said: 'A stolen car was speeding through Northwich before being abandoned at Sir John Deane's College. The driver and passenger ran off and jumped into the River Weaver.
'One of the pair couldn't swim and he went under the water a few times and then disappeared.
'My colleague and I jumped in and, after desperately searching, we managed to find a hand. We dragged the lad out and arrested him - and I've never seen anyone so happy to be arrested!'
In 1987 John was promoted to sergeant. He moved to Widnes, where he is now custody sergeant.
'People think custody is all about locking people up and letting them out again but it's much more than that,' he said.
'It's about helping people, too - lots of the offenders we deal with are drug addicts or alcoholics. We're in a position to help them get in touch with people who can help them, rehab officers and support groups.
'Obviously you can't help everyone. There are people who have chosen crime as their life path. But there are the ones you can help and there's nothing more satisfying than seeing them in the street months down the line free from their addiction.'