Howard Centre rewards hero with £100

PUBLISHED: 16:00 28 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:07 28 April 2018

WHT Community Hero Sean Smith (right) with Howard Centre manager Paul Hayne and WHT reporter Mia Jankowicz. Picture: DANNY LOO

WHT Community Hero Sean Smith (right) with Howard Centre manager Paul Hayne and WHT reporter Mia Jankowicz. Picture: DANNY LOO

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A Welwyn Garden City man was named a Howard Centre Community Hero on Thursday for his selfless actions.

The crash in Hatfield Tunnel.
Picture: Sean SmithThe crash in Hatfield Tunnel. Picture: Sean Smith

Personal trainer Sean Smith was hailed as a hero when he pulled an injured driver from a badly smashed-up car.

Sean Smith, who works at Welwyn Garden City’s Norton Gym, stopped to help when he saw there had been a bad crash ahead of him between a lorry and a car in Hatfield Tunnel in March.

His quick thinking ensured the driver was looked after before the emergency services arrived.

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Now he’s been given at least some of the recognition he deserves with a cheque for £100 to spend at the Howard Centre.

Sean said he was surprised to hear he had been nominated. “I thought it was one of my friends winding me up!”

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He is adamant that he is “not a hero”, saying that he did what anybody would do.

He had learned how to put someone in the right position following an accident after he himself was in a crash in 2014.

But what helped him most of all was his first aid training, and urges everybody to do it.

“Everybody, if you get a chance, go for a first aid course.

“They’re really cheap.

“I thought I’d forgotten everything as soon as I’d walked out the door - but stuff does come into play,” he said.

“As soon as you need to remember, you do remember it.”

Sean is a proud new father and plans to spend his prize on treats for his daughter, four-month-old Pippa.

The Howard Centre Community Hero Awards give something back to the people who go above and beyondfor their communities.

There are still two further chances to nominate for the monthly cash award, which are a partnership with the WHT Community Awards.

The four winners will be automatically entered into the final Community Hero category at the WHT Community Awards alongside the other categories in June.

To enter someone into the Howard Centre Community Hero award, simply email your story to communityhero@whtimes.co.uk including the name of the nominee, their contact details, along with your name and contact details.


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