Daring rescuer Carl Creasey – who helped save a refuse worker from a blazing cab – has been honoured at Buckingham Palace with an award.
The 39-year-old, from Swineshead, was presented with a Royal Humane Society Bronze medal by Princess Alexandra, the Society’s president.
The award came after he risked his life in the aftermath of a head-on crash to save waste and recycling supervisor, Ian Simmonds, of Ryhall, from being burned to death.
Four other men who joined the rescue received Royal Humane Society certificates of commendation earlier, but Carl was singled out to go to the Palace on Tuesday to receive the rarely awarded medal because of his outstanding bravery.
Carl, from Hubba Crescent: “I just acted instinctively. The poor guy trapped in the cab was shouting ‘Please don’t let me die’.
“It was only as I was driving home afterwards that it hit me and I realised the danger I had been in. At the time though all I could think of was getting him out and saving him.”
Prior to the presentation Dick Wilkinson, secretary of the Society explained to the Princess and others at the award ceremony what Carl had done.
He said the father of two was driving on the A15 in Lincolnshire on July 1 last year when a car crossed the road into the path of a refuse truck.
Mr Wilkinson continued: “Following the head-on collision the truck came to rest at the side of the road. It was quickly engulfed in flames. The driver of the car was killed. Carl was travelling in the same direction as the car and, when he saw the truck facing him, he stopped and rang 999.
“The driver shouted that his passenger was trapped in the cab. Carl abandoned his call as he saw the front of the truck become engulfed in flames and smoke. The windscreen of the truck had come out in the collision and Carl jumped on the bumper of the truck, hooked his arms under the armpits of the trapped man and tried to pull him out.
“This he was unable to do, so he called on other members of the public, now present, to help him. He instructed them to form a line behind him and, with the extra weight, he pulled the man free.
“Carl then applied first aid to the injured man who had a fractured humerus, a double open fracture to his lower left leg and 11 per cent burns to his left side.”
Mr Wilkinson said after the presentation: “Carl richly deserves the award. It takes enormous courage to approach a vehicle that is on fire. It could explode at any moment. However, Carl ignored the danger he was in and just fought to save the life of the man trapped in the cab who, but for his efforts would almost certainly have been burned to death.”
The Royal Humane Society is the premier national body for honouring bravery in the saving of human life.