At a star-studded ceremony Monday 28th September Dee Patel, a delivery driver at Zehnder Group UK was given the prestigious honour of being awarded the Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Award for Outstanding Bravery by celebrities Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Hasselhoff.
Dee was selected for the award which recognises an individual who has put themselves in danger to help or save the life of another for his selfless act of bravery when he helped safely stop the car of a woman who was having a fit at the wheel whilst driving down the M25. He used his van to stop her vehicle, moving it off the motorway and preventing it from causing a multi-vehicle accident. When he got to the car, the woman was unconscious and after managing to get into the car he called the emergency services and stayed with the woman until they arrived on the scene. Thanks to Dee’s quick thinking and actions he helped avoid a potentially fatal outcome.
Thames Valley Police have recognised his brave actions and a spokesman on behalf of Thames Valley Police commented, “When I heard the job come in to us my heart sank, thinking it was going to be another fatal collision. Having spoken to yourself and to the witnesses at the scene, if it wasn’t for you actions this very well could have been the case. It takes a lot of courage to intentionally use your vehicle to stop another that is out of control and for that you deserve a huge pat on the back. Instead of a multi vehicle collision with potential serious injuries, it has ended up with no injuries and just damage to vehicles which can be repaired or replaced thanks to your quick fixing.”
The driver of the car (who wishes to remain anonymous), also praised Dee. “There aren’t enough words to say thank you for yesterday morning. I don’t remember any of it but I’ve been told that you managed to stop the crash and it from being any worse that it could have been. Amazingly, I am in one piece, which I have no doubt you played a great role in ensuring!”
“We all extremely proud of Dee and delighted that his bravery has been acknowledge with this award. He is a real hero and an inspiration to us all,” commented Michelle Sharp, Group Communications Manager at Zehnder Group UK.
Now in its 17th year, the Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards, sponsored by Lidl, celebrates the unsung heroes of the nation. The ceremony will be broadcast on ITV at 8pm on Thursday 1st October.