Po­lice hon­our he­roes

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By ELESHA ED­MONDS

A RE­LUC­TANT hero has been hon­oured by po­lice for help­ing the vic­tims of a crash.

An­drew Tsang, 39, was among four peo­ple pre­sented with a cer­tifi­cate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion at the Auck­land Town Hall on May 22.

The Royal Oak res­i­dent went to the aid of two el­derly Chi­nese peo­ple af­ter they were hit by a car as they walked across a pedes­trian cross­ing in Fe­bru­ary.

Tsang was walk­ing with his fa­ther when he saw the crash on Mt Al­bert Rd and quickly of­fered help. He pho­tographed the scene to help with the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

He also com­forted the woman while her un­con­scious hus­band was treated am­bu­lance staff.

‘‘I knew the old lady had a bro­ken kneecap and some­one wanted to shift her around but I told them to wait for the am­bu­lance,’’ he says.

Tsang trav­elled with the woman to the hos­pi­tal and con­tin­ued to sup­port and trans­late for her and staff

by un­til her fam­ily ar­rived.

The woman’s hus­band later died in hos­pi­tal.

Tsang says he doesn’t like to think back to the day of the crash.

‘‘It’s sad be­cause the gen­tle­man died and his son told me it was the first time he’d gone over­seas,’’ Tsang says.

The fa­ther-of-one re­fuses to be la­belled as a hero.

‘‘I don’t want to be hero for this in­ci­dent.

‘‘I was there and I was able to help and that’s it.’’

Eller­slie res­i­dent Har­ri­son Sage, 21, re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for sav­ing a young woman from drown­ing in the har­bour off Queens Wharf in July last year.

Kirsten Ritchie and Jared Wooff were also recog­nised by po­lice af­ter they in­ter­vened to stop a man in Mt Welling­ton from tak­ing his life in a parked ve­hi­cle in De­cem­ber.

Po­lice com­mis­sioner Mike Bush and Po­lice Min­is­ter Michael Wood­house at­tended the award cer­e­mony which also hon­oured 55 oth­ers for their ser­vice to the po­lice.

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