Crashed car rescue hero to get top award

Crashed car rescue hero to get top award

By David Parker | 08/02/2021

Crashed car rescue hero to get top award


A MAN who pulled a casualty from a burning car has been recognised with one of the country’s top bravery awards.

Peter Wood (52) will be presented with the Royal Humane Society’s bronze bravery award for saving the life of a passenger in a car which crashed outside his home on Old Wortley Road, Kimberworth.

He dashed out of his house in May 2019 to find the yellow Fiat had crashed into a tree.

“I heard a big bang outside,” he recalled.

“As I ran downstairs, I told my wife to ring 999.

“When I got outside, there was a guy running up and down the road shouting: ‘He’s trapped’.

“When I looked down the road, a car had crashed into a tree and it was already smoking.

“I ran down and my wife was already on the phone to the operator.”

Peter said he had run to the car and got in the back seat behind the passenger, undoing the seatbelt and, with the help of another man, pulling the passenger out.

“His foot was on fire,” Peter said.

“I just wanted to get him out — I didn’t even think about my own safety.”

Peter said he had burned his hand by pounding out the flames on the man’s foot.

The driver of the car was rescued by James Soakell and his dad Ian, who were recognised by the Royal Humane Society last spring.

The car burst into 12ft flames shortly after the men were pulled out of the vehicle.

“I put the man into the recovery position,” Peter said.

“When the ambulance got there, they tried to turn him over and he was gurgling.

“They said he had a lot of internal injuries.

“Sometimes I think: ‘Was there more I could’ve done?’.”

Peter said he had seen the driver of the car when he revisited the street to say thank you to those who helped rescue him.

He said he had asked after the passenger and was told he was still in intensive care but he did not know how he was today.

“If something like that happened again, I would be there,” he said.

“When I was walking back to my house one of my neighbours was standing outside and he just said: ‘I couldn’t even move from this spot. I don’t know how you did it.”

Peter was nominated for the award by his mother, Pat Wiles.

He said he had been surprised to hear he would be getting the award, adding: “It will be an honour.”

Peter is due to receive his medal from Princess Alexandra of Kent at the Haberdashers’ Hall in London, in May.

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