Two officers from RAF Benson have been rewarded for their bravery with military awards.
Corporal Vicki Keats and duty driver Lance Corporal Lindsay Clarke received a nomination at The Sun Military Awards in the Hero at Home category for pulling an unconscious man from a burning car.
After returning from an exercise in Norway, the Team Benson members were flagged down by a pedestrian while travelling back to the base from Gatwick Airport.
LCpl Clarke said: “I finally got the door open, jumped over the top of the guy to get underneath him and got his seat belt off. I managed to get him on to my shoulder and boost him up towards the top of the car and Vicki had got hold of his arm and was pulling him up.
“I then had to get around him and climb on top of the car so we could work together and pull him up out of the car.”
Cpl Keats said: “I’d like to think that anyone would do what we did. We were just lucky we were there on time to help.”
Cpl Keats and LCpl Clarke have since received a commendation from RAF Benson Group Captain Hamish Cormack for their “determination to save a man’s life despite the risk to their own [which] epitomises the ethos of the armed forces”.
RAF Benson personnel also received prestigious hnours for their bravery in providing relief aid to the Caribbean after hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the area last summer.
The Millies recognised the outstanding achievements and bravery from the crew involved in Operation RUMAN, who were presented with a Special Recognition Award at the ceremony on December 13.
– Owen Hughes