25 June 2005

Belfast Telegraph

Firefighter and cop up for award

By Linda McKee
25 June 2005

A firefighter and police officer have been nominated for a bravery award after the pair joined forces moments after the horrific two-car collision outside Larne last year.

Harry Phillips, a police officer who was travelling to work, and Robert (Roy) McAllister, an off-duty firefighter from Glengormley, were nominated for a Vodafone Lifesavers award by David Hanna, PSNI district commander in Larne.

He told the Belfast Telegraph their responses showed members of the services never consider themselves off-duty.

Two people lost their lives in the crash. Mr McAllister, who had been travelling behind one of the cars, tended to the injuries of the female driver, then pulled the passenger of the other car free as it went up in flames.

The driver was trapped in by a jammed seatbelt.

"Roy found a piece of glass near the car and used this to cut the seatbelt from the driver," Mr Hanna explained.

"He then pulled the driver from the burning car through the open window."

The pair tried to release the driver of the other car but she was too heavily trapped.

"Roy and Harry helped others to drag the second car away from the fire and remained at the scene until emergency services arrived.

"There's no doubt that the actions of these brave men saved the life of another in quite remarkable circumstances."

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