Pride of Britain Awards - Emergency services finalists - West Mercia Police
Short reconstruction of one of the four finalists for the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards - Emergency Services category (Sponsored by ITV Daybreak)
Aired on ITV 3/10/2013 (c) ITV
Shot on XF305 25P, edited on Composer.
Two police officers went above and beyond the call of duty when they pulled a semi-conscious man to safety, seconds before his car was engulfed in flames after a road crash.
The driver lost control of his Renault Clio and crashed into a row of trees in Telford in the early hours in March. While the driver and one of the passengers managed to escape the car, the other male passenger sustained serious injuries and his lower body became trapped beneath the dashboard.
As thick smoke made it difficult to free him through the jammed door, the driver and other passenger flagged down PC Saxton, 30, and PC Blackham, 32, who were on a routine patrol at the time.
The car, which was raised at an angle at the front, had caught fire when the two policemen arrived at the scene.
PC Saxton and PC Blackham tried to control the flames with a fire extinguisher, but the fire continued to spread rapidly.
As flames burned through the passenger footwell and began to spread through the car PC Saxton and PC Blackham feared the car would explode, but persisted with their attempts to free the 20-year-old passenger. They finally found the seat belt in the choking black smoke and cut it with a knife.
With great force, they were able to pull him out of the car and moved him to safety before the car became totally engulfed in flames as they gave him first aid.
The passenger was rushed to hospital where he has been treated for head injuries, broken legs and pelvis. He is now undergoing physiotherapy and rehabilitation.
Chief Fire Officer Paul Hayward says: “I have no doubt that if it were not for their quick thinking and bravery, this man would have died.”
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