Lorry driver's bravery award after Welwyn Garden City crash

A MAN dubbed a hero after saving two police officers from a burning car has been given a bravery award. Lorry driver John Farley risked his own safety to drag the officers from the inferno after their police car was hit head-on by a teenage driver.

A MAN dubbed a hero after saving two police officers from a burning car has been given a bravery award.

Lorry driver John Farley risked his own safety to drag the officers from the inferno after their police car was hit head-on by a teenage driver.

Pc Martin Matthews thought he was going to die in blaze, before Mr Farley carried him to safety.

The crash, in which 19-year-old driver Charlotte Edwards of Greyhound Lane, South Mimms, was killed, occurred on Stanborough Road, WGC, in June 2007.


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Assistant chief constable Alison Roome-Gifford said: "This was a very tragic incident where a young woman lost her life - but we could have been dealing with three fatalities, if it wasn't for the selfless, quick-thinking actions of Mr Farley."

Mr Farley, who worked at Argos' depot on Bessemer Road, WGC, received a gold medal at the Association of Chief Police Officers Public Bravery Awards, on Wednesday.

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At the inquest into Miss Edwards' death, coroner Edward Thomas described Mr Farley's actions as "simply amazing".

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