Sunderland security guard rescued pensioner car crash sparked gas blast fears

Spencer Harbron
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A SECURITY guard who risked his life to rescue the driver of a crashed car has been honoured for his bravery.

Securitas employee Spencer Harbron was on duty at Monkwearmouth Hospital in Newcastle Road when he saw a car crash into a house over the road,

After calling the emergency services, he noticed a strong smell of gas coming from the scene so he removed the driver from the car then escorted the elderly resident of the house to safety.

Now his bravery has earned him the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) Regional Security Personnel Award for Outstanding Act in the North East.

“I was really pleased to hear that I had won this award,” he said. “I did not expect a thank you as I am sure that anyone would have helped like I did but this is brilliant, thank you very much.”

Spencer will now be put forward to the national judging phase of the awards, which will culminate in a glittering awards ceremony held at the BSIA’s Annual Lunch in London on July 16.

Chloe Woodcock, Securitas’ marketing and communications manager, said: “Spencer took immediate action when he saw the seriousness of the crash. He potentially saved the life of both the driver and the occupant.

“His quick action is to be commended and he took this action with no concern for his own welfare, only that of others.

“Spencer has always been very helpful and has tremendous pride in his work. He always receives excellent feedback from the customers as he is always willing to go the extra mile.”

Helen Gray, facilities service manager for the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, added: “I believe Spencer deserves an award for his prompt, selfless actions on the morning of the accident.

“He selflessly went to the aid of the car driver and the elderly resident with no hesitation whatsoever. He put the health and safety of others first, which is a very brave act.”