One of our employees, Umar Hussain, substation craftsperson in ETAM, helped save the lives of three people on his way to work.
Not everyone gets to literally save someone’s life. Even fewer get to save multiple lives. 22 year old Umar Hussain, a substation craftsperson within our Sundon Team of SE1 Operations, did exactly this at 8:30am on 9 September on his way to work in Wymondley.
While travelling to work that Monday morning, Umar passed a minibus on fire by the side of the road in Hitchin, and instinctively stopped and helped. The minibus had caught fire because of an electrical fault and when Umar arrived at the scene there were still three children in wheelchairs trapped inside the vehicle.
Together with three other members of the public, and only being able to use the wheelchair lift once before the power went out, Umar helped get the children out of the burning minibus. The fire brigade arrived soon after and said that without the bravery and quick response of the men involved lives would have been lost that day.
After the incident Umar said: “It was so hot in the minibus, my back felt like it was on fire as the flames got closer to me. But my priority was to make sure everyone was safe. It wasn’t until I got off the bus and saw the state of the wreckage that I realised the extent of what had happened.”
Umar risked his own safety to save these people – it’s a pretty amazing story and, being one of our employees, we wanted to share this. Everyone who knows Umar and has heard this story is very proud of him, and this was recognised last week in Warwick when he was presented with a bravery award by his director David Wright, his team leader Steve Rudecki and Steve Holliday.
Steve Holliday said: “I’ve only ever done this sort of presentation once before in the US. It was a car accident and everyone was just driving past, assuming someone else was dealing with the situation. Well done Umar. What you did was really fantastic and it reinforces our safety message of ‘don’t walk by’. We are proud of you and you should be proud of yourself.”
Umar, accepting the award, said: “Thank you; I wasn’t expecting any of this. I really appreciate it. I just knew I had to do something that day to help.”