Hum­ble he­roes helped woman trapped in car

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Commended For Quick-thinking - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

Three brave mo­torists who helped save the life of a woman trapped in a blaz­ing car af­ter it over­turned have been com­mended for their quick-think­ing and heroic ac­tions.

Hum­ble fa­ther and son John and Bobby Stephens, and Chris Shore say they did what any other per­son would do when they joined forces to right a burn­ing Pero­dua Ke­nari on the morn­ing of Satur­day, Au­gust 23 in 2014.

The car was trav­el­ling along the A2070 near Kingsnorth when it was hit by a Re­nault Clio com­ing from the Ham­street di­rec­tion which sud­denly veered into its path.

The Pero­dua over­turned, caught fire and left the woman driver trapped in­side.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter the hor­ror smash, John and Bobby, from Greatstone, and Chris, left their own ve­hi­cles and run to the aid of the two driv­ers.

John and Bobby helped re­move the man from the Clio, while Chris went to check on the Pero­dua.

Chris, 66, from Dun­geness, said at first he wasn’t sure if any­one was in the car.

He said: “I climbed up – the car was on its side – and tried lift­ing the pas­sen­ger door.

“I looked in but all I could see was blan­kets; I couldn’t see any­one in there.

“It was at that stage I was driven back by the smoke com­ing from the en­gine, and climbed down and started find­ing liq­uids to put out the fire. I ran over to my car and used my wa­ter and then called over to oth­ers to pass wa­ter too.”

He was then joined by John, 47, and son Bobby, 24, and to­gether they re­moved items which were cov­er­ing the ca­su­alty with John hang­ing down in­side the car.

They then turned the car onto its side and pulled the door off.

Grand­fa­ther Chris, who al­ready knew John as they are both ex crew mem­bers of the Dun­geness Lifeboat, added: “We cleared the air bag, and steer­ing wheel and some de­bris, but we couldn’t get her out.

“We left it to the pro­fes­sion­als.”

Chris added that he would now al­ways keep a fire ex­tin­guisher in his car.

The woman, from Sellindge, was cut free from the ve­hi­cle and flown to St Ge­orge’s Hos- pital, in Lon­don, suf­fer­ing with lower arm, tho­rax, ab­domen and up­per leg in­juries. She is still re­cov­er­ing now.

On Tues­day, all three men were recog­nised for their self­less ac­tions at an awards cer­e­mony held at the Kent Po­lice Col­lege in Maid­stone.

Ac­com­pa­nied by their fam­i­lies, they were pre­sented with the Chief Con­sta­ble’s Com­men­da­tion by Alan Pugh­s­ley, who thanked them for their part in the dra­matic res­cue.

Although the woman they helped res­cue was un­able to at­tend the cer­e­mony, she send this mes­sage to the men: “My emo­tions still very much over­whelm me so please un­der­stand why I can’t at­tend at this time.

“I send to you my sin­cer­est thoughts and thanks.”

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Chief Con­sta­ble Alan Pugh­s­ley with Bobby Stevens, John Stevens and Chris Shore

Emer­gency ser­vices at the scene of the crash on the A2070 and right; one of the res­cuers used wa­ter from his car to tackle the fire

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