Andy Rowley works for Sheffield City Council’s contractor Amey, and was on Ecclesall Road near Hunters Bar when he heard calls for help.
Andy, 42, from Beighton said: “I was just over the road from Endcliffe Park when I heard a man shouting that a woman had fallen in the river. I ran to help and could see she was in the water at the bottom of a steep grassy bank. I climbed down and eventually managed to pull her out.
Sara Bradley, Street Cleaning Manager for Streets Ahead contractor Amey, said: “Andy was in the right place at the right time and we’re very proud of him. We’ve awarded him an Amey Star in recognition of his efforts. We are also very grateful to Kweku Ackle’Menser, the man who drew Andy’s attention to the lady’s plight.
Cllr Jack Scott, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Street Scene, said: “I’m really pleased that Andy reacted the way he did and showed such bravery. His quick thinking under difficult circumstances clearly made a real difference.”
The woman was taken to hospital by ambulance after the incident which happened on Thursday 19 December at around 8am.