HERO COP AWARD FOR BLAZE CRASH RESCUE; He saved driver from burning car.
A BRAVE cop who suffered horrific burns to his hands as he dragged a driver from his blazing car was praised yesterday for his courage.
But shy hero Constable Cameron Stewart, 36, said two members of the public who helped in the amazing rescue were the real heroes.
Mr Stewart insisted the passers-by were vital to him in his frantic efforts to save the driver.
He told of the rescue after receiving two top bravery awards from Strathclyde Chief Constable, William Rae.
One person who believes the policeman is a real hero is his son, Ross, five, who with his mother, Sandra, 30, watched the officer receive the awards.
Ross said: "My dad's a very brave policeman."
He was on routine patrol in Largs, Ayrshire, when the alarm was raised in June last year.
Mr Stewart said that, by the time he reached the scene on the A78 Greenock Road, the vehicle was an inferno.
The car had gone out of control, ploughed into railings and burst into flames when it came to rest on its side.
Largs resident Kenneth Kilgour and local taxi driver Carol Anne McGregor rushed to try to save the driver.
Mr Stewart said: "They had emptied two fire extinguishers trying to put the fire out.
"But each time they doused the flames, petrol from the engine just blazed up again.
"There was nothing for it but to get hold of the man and pull him clear. The two civilians showed real courage helping me get the man out.
"They were the real heroes, not me because they had no need to risk their lives."
The driver was rushed to hospital after suffering third degree burns to his torso and legs.
PC Stewart and the other two blaze heroes were all treated in hospital for badly blistered hands.
HEROIC: Brave policeman Cameron with his young son Ross
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||May 14, 2002|
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