Welwyn Garden City death crash: Hero lorry driver honoured

PUBLISHED: 11:41 18 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:20 26 October 2009

The scene of the crash, in Stanborough Road, WGC, in June 2007

The scene of the crash, in Stanborough Road, WGC, in June 2007

A LORRY driver who dragged a policeman from a burning car, saving his life, has been honoured. John Farley rescued Pc Martin Matthews when his police Volvo burst into flames after a head-on crash. Mr Farley, who works at the Argos depot in Bessemer Road,

John pictured with chief constable Frank Whiteley and Jane Stichbury, of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, south of England region

A LORRY driver who dragged a policeman from a burning car, saving his life, has been honoured.

John Farley rescued Pc Martin Matthews when his police Volvo burst into flames after a head-on crash.

Mr Farley, who works at the Argos depot in Bessemer Road, WGC, was first on the scene at Stanborough Road, in June 2007.

He jumped from his cab and raced to help.

He carried the injured officer to safety and then tried to help the girls in the other car.

The driver, South Mimms teenager Charlotte Edwards, had died and he waited with passenger Charlotte Phillips, who was trapped, until help arrived.

On Thursday, the 62-year-old was presented with an award by chief constable Frank Whiteley.

He said: "Mr Farley showed extreme bravery in approaching the burning car, then rescuing officers.

"He acted without any thought for his own safety, he approached a car which he had no idea was about to blow up.

"Time and again people just drive past.

"What he did was simply amazing."

Mr Farley's wife Celia said: "The whole family are very proud of him and think what he did was wonderful.

"The police have been extremely kind and supportive. It was lovely for them to honour him.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Welwyn Hatfield Times. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Welwyn Hatfield Times