Firefighters’ reward for pair’s heroic response

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Two crane operators have been given special commendations by the fire service after their heroic action helped rescue a man trapped under a five-ton roller.

Alan Waterhouse and Joe Robinson, who work for haulage firm V & A Robinson & Sons of Brighouse, sprang into action after a workman became trapped while doing ground work for a car park last November.

The two employees drove the crane from the nearby company premises to the incident at Quantum Exhibitions and Display Ltd.

The rescue was complicated by steep banking leading to the scene but the crane helped to lift the road roller enough so that the casualty could be freed.

Crews from Brighouse, Cleckheaton and Halifax attended along with specialist experts.

It took around an hour for the emergency services to free the man, who sustained severe leg injuries.

Brighouse Crew Commander Michael Rhodes said: “Without them the incident could have gone a lot differently. Their help was invaluable.

“It was a high pressure incident where we had to work quickly.

“I’d like to commend not only the fire, police and ambulance personnel but major emphasis has to be placed on the two haulage company employees.

“The casualty sustained severe leg injuries but he was lucky it didn’t land on his torso or head or we’d have been talking about a different ending to the incident.”

The pair were presented with their awards by Calderdale District Group Manager Martyn Speed

The rescue was recently shown on the BBC TV series Helicopter Heroes.