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Doncaster woman awarded for car fire rescue

Catherine Neary and daughter Agatha with SYFR staff at Maltby fire station

A woman from Doncaster who pulled a driver from his car seconds before it burst into flames has been given an award.

Catherine Neary ran to a motorist after seeing his Vauxhall Corsa narrowly miss her BMW and plough into an electricity pylon on the A631 near Scotch Spring Lane, Maltby last year.

With flames coming from the engine, she dragged the man from the vehicle before fire quickly engulfed the car. The casualty, in his 20’s, was treated at the scene for minor injuries before going to Rotherham District General.

Catherine and her 13-year-old daughter Agatha, who witnessed the rescue, visited Maltby fire station last week where Catherine was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

Catherine said: “The car hit the pylon with tremendous force, and I could see flames coming from the bonnet almost straight away.

“The driver was very dazed but thankfully I managed to get him out of the car just in time because just after that the fire spread very, very quickly.

“I’m just thankful I acted so quickly as I’m not sure the driver would have been able to get out by himself. It’s really nice to be recognised by the fire service with this award.”

New Assistant Chief at South Yorkshire Fire Service

John Roberts, the new Assistant Chief Fire Officer

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has appointed John Roberts as Assistant Chief Fire Officer.

The 36-year-old, who joined the team in 2009 from Merseyside, replaces ACO Neil Hessell following his retirement earlier this year.

He said: “I am delighted to be appointed Assistant Chief. This fire service quite rightly has a reputation as one of the finest in the country, and although we are facing some significant challenges, I believe we can still continue to deliver a first-class service to the people of South Yorkshire.”