Royal Humane Society award for brave fire heroes

Adam Lessiter, from Baston
Adam Lessiter, from Baston
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Passers-by who risked their own lives to save a refuse worker from his burning vehicle will be honoured with bravery awards.

Adam Lessiter, from Baston, and Carl Creasey, from Swineshead, were driving through Baston on June 1 last year when they came across a horrific crash.

Carl Creasey, from Boston

Carl Creasey, from Boston

A car and a bin lorry had collided head-on. Tragically the car driver, 82-year-old Alexander Glenn, from Northborough, died in the crash.

But Adam and Carl could see Ian Simmonds, a passenger in the bin lorry, was stuck in his burning vehicle.

They both raced over and dragged him out just moments before the lorry exploded.

The men won the adult public hero category of the annual Spirit of Fire Awards last year and have now been recognised by the Royal Humane Society.

Carl will receive a bronze medal for his bravery while Adam and three other men who helped on the day will receive certificate of commendation.

Society secretary Dick Wilkinson said: “They all richly the awards they are to receive. Without doubt they put their own lives on the line to save Mr Simmonds who was trapped in the blazing cab of the refuse truck.

“But for their action Mr Simmonds was facing an agonizing death as the fire took hold of the vehicle.”

“The car crossed the road into the path of the refuse truck that was travelling at 40 to 45mph.

“Following the head-on collision, the truck came to rest at the side of the road. It was quickly engulfed in flames.

“Carl Creasey was travelling in the same direction as the car and, when he saw the truck facing him, he stopped and rang 999. However, the truck driver shouted that his passenger was trapped in the cab.

“Carl then 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 despite the flames he jumped on the bumper of the truck and hooked his arms under the armpits of the trapped man and tried to pull him out.

“At this stage he was unable to get him out but he called on the others who were now present, to help him. They formed a line behind him and, with the extra weight, he pulled the man free.

“He then administered first aid to the injured man who had a broken arm, a double open fracture to his lower left leg and 11 per cent burns to his left side. The fire was so bad that it put the truck ‘beyond meaningful examination’.”

No date has been set for the presentation of the awards but it is expected to take place in the near future.