Roadside rescue

Date Released - 20/07/2018

Well done to three Tameside bin men who came to the aid of a stranded mother and baby whose car had broken down in the middle of a busy main road.

The crew (right to left ) Stephen Parker, Fabio Discini and Lee Hewitt were travelling towards Ashton on Manchester Road near the Snipe Retail Park in a bin wagon when they came across traffic congestion. They realised a car had broken down at the lights and spotted the driver stood with her young daughter by the car.

They parked up the truck and went over to the woman and child to check they were all right. The crew then pushed the car out of the road and into the safety on a nearby car park until further help arrived.

The woman’s husband later contacted the Council on Twitter to thank the crew for their efforts. He said:

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you to one of your refuse collection teams. At 11:30 this morning, near Snipe retail park they helped rescue my wife and baby who were stranded with a broken car. They were amazing, please pass on our thanks if you can?”

Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Allison Gwynne, who is responsible for waste operations, said: “Well done to the crew for their quick actions to help the mother and baby. This is yet another example of our hard working and public spirited crews going that extra mile for others.

“It is great the family shared the story and their thanks on social media to give the crew some much deserved recognition – we really appreciate their kind feedback. We’re just glad the mother and baby were okay and that the crew were able to help.”


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