A security guard has been officially recognised for his bravery after he leapt to the rescue of two car crash victims.
Spencer Harbron has earned himself the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) Regional Security Personnel Award for an outstanding act in the North East.
Mr Harbron, who has been working on a contract for Monkwearmouth Hospital in Sunderland for just over 18 months, was nominated by his managers for his exceptional bravery and quick thinking in a dangerous incident.
The Securitas employee was on duty when he witnessed a car crash into a house across from the hospital.
Having phoned for the emergency services, he noticed the driver slumped at the wheel.
There was a strong smell of gas coming from the scene so without hesitation, Mr Harbron rescued the driver from the car knowing he may have only minutes to get him to safety.
Having safely removed the driver from the car, the heroic security guard’s thoughts were then directed to those living in the house.
He managed to save an elderly resident from the property and escort him to be helped by paramedics, who gave him treatment for gas inhalation.
Chloe Woodcock, marketing and communications manager at Securitas, praised Mr Harbron for his heroic actions.
“Spencer took immediate action when he saw the seriousness of the crash,” she said. “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, was firmly behind Mr Harbron’s award.
She said: “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.”
At a ceremony organised by the BSIA on April 1, Mr Harbron was modest about receiving his accolade.
“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.”
He will now be put forward to the national judging phase of the awards, which will take place over the coming weeks, culminating in a glittering awards ceremony held at the BSIA’s annual lunch in London on July 16.
The awards are now in their 16th year.