12:00pm Saturday 14th September 2013
By Gazette reporter
A HEROIC father and daughter have been honoured for their courage after they saved a man's life by pulling him from a burning car just seconds before it exploded.
Glyn Jones, 54, and daughter Ellie, 14, of Acre Street, Stroud were forced to act when the car in front of them crashed into a tree.
The pair were travelling along the B4226 from Coleford to Cinderford in the Forest of Dean just before 5am on Sunday, April 21 when they saw the car career off the carriageway, hit a tree and burst into flames.
"The driver was trapped in his vehicle," said Glyn, who has six children with wife Emma.
"I called the police immediately and attempted to get the man from the car but he was completely trapped.
"I thought I was going to have to watch him burn to death in front of me."
Glyn’s daughter Ellie, who has a twin sister called Lucy, stayed with her father the entire time as she was afraid to leave his side.
"She was so worried that something would happen to me that she stayed and tried to help me save the man," said Glyn.
"The driver of the car eventually managed to open the door but his foot was caught under a foot peddle which meant he was trapped and shouting for help.
"Ellie and I managed to drag him from the burning vehicle just seconds before it exploded."
The driver was unconscious by the time the ambulance arrived and suffered broken ribs.
Glyn and Ellie were honoured for their bravery at the inaugural Inspire Celebration of Achievement Awards held at Gloucester South Fire Station on Wednesday.
The awards recognised those who have shown great courage or worked tirelessly alongside Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service.
Gloucestershire’s chief fire officer Jon Hall said: "We are incredibly proud of everything achieved in this community and these awards are to recognise the fact that so many have given their time and energy for others’ benefit without seeking reward."
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