Wareham Dad Wins Award for Quick Thinking Act of Bravery!
10:42am 10th May 2013
A father-of-two from Wareham has won a National Bravery award after saving a street in Wool from near devastation.
Darren Fletcher reversed a burning oil tanker out of a bungalow, extinguished the flames and risked his own life looking for casualties last January
The vehicle had been deliberately crashed into the building by the occupant's estranged husband who fled the scene. The lady from the bungalow had seen the tanker coming and had run out the back, escaping without harm.
Darren spoke to Wessex FM and told us what he was thinking at the time, "I'd just taken my daughter to school, and when I came back I saw the tanker was alight actually halfway in the house. When I opened the door, fully expecting to see a driver, heart attack, over the steering wheel... there was nobody in there. The cab was alight, the lorry was alight underneath and I just thought, if I don't move this tanker it's going to go bang."
Darren acted quickly, and admits now he didn't think about the consequences or the damage he could do to himself at the time. He actually spent about 9 hours in hospital for smoke inhalation after the event.
When we asked Darren how he felt to have won an award he said, "It's something like 85,000 people that have been nominated and only 5 have been awarded, and one of them is me. So, it's amazing, you know. It's something that I didn't ever think I'd get or deserve really, so it's amazing."
He'll be heading up to London to get his bronze medal from the Royal Humane Society in two weeks’ time (23rd of May).