Three awarded after burning car rescue in Lower Dicker

Joe Hickmott saved a driver from a burning car in Lower Dicker after a collision
Joe Hickmott saved a driver from a burning car in Lower Dicker after a collision
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Three people who helped rescue a driver from a burning car in Lower Dicker have been awarded for their bravery.

PC Chris Storey, PC Mick Dunn and member of the public, Joe Hickmott, worked together to save the life of a motorist who was trapped inside a burning car after a collision on the A267 in Lower Dicker, near Hailsham, on September 1 last year.

When the officers arrived at the scene the Volkswagen Polo was on fire and 26-year-old Mr Hickmott had stopped and was heroically trying to put out the flames himself.

Police said the roads policing unit officers, based in Polegate, quickly extinguished the flames and calmed the victim and gave him first aid.

Police said the officers’ and Mr Hickmott’s quick actions saved the life of the driver before he could be removed by firefighters and taken to hospital.

The 22-year-old victim, from Tunbridge Wells, suffered multiple fractures and internal bleeding.

But miracously, despite his injuries, he was able to leave hospital after a couple of weeks.

PC Storey, PC Dunn and Mr Hickmott were three of many people honoured for their bravery by Sussex Police at its award ceremony.

Among those to be praised were PC Pete De Silvo from the roads policing unit and PC Paul Cross.

They received certificates of merit after being called to Chanctonbury Nurseries in Ashington on September 4 last year after a man was crushed beneath his car when a jack collapsed.

Their swift and decisive actions freed the male who would otherwise have sustained serious or life threatening injuries.

PC Dan Hopgood and PC Neil Black, from the dogs unit, were commended for their courage, compassion and public service after they helped save an injured man and his pet who had fallen off a cliff edge in Hastings on March 4 last year.

The awards were presented to officers and staff at the Operations Command Awards Ceremony at Clair Hall in Haywards Heath.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry, who presented the awards, said the honours higlighted the bravery of those involved.

He said: “The awards highlighted the bravery and courage of many officers and the exceptional commitment to deliver when it matters.

“It shows the diversity of work regularly delivered by our officers and the support they receive from partner agencies to do it.”