Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Bravery award for South Yorkshire car rescue woman

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

Catherine Neary, 43, ran to the vehicle after it hit an electricity pylon on the A631 near Maltby, South Yorkshire in June.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (SYFRS) said Ms Neary's actions had "saved the man's life".

The driver, who was in his 20's, suffered minor injuries.

Catherine and her 13 year-old daughter Agatha, who was with her mother during the rescue, visited Maltby fire station where Ms Neary was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation.

'Tremendous force'

She said it was nice to be recognised for her actions.

Ms Neary 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.

The fire service's area manager Dave Kiddy said: "What Catherine did that day was extremely brave and heroic, and we are in no doubt that her actions saved the man's life."

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