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'Unsung Hero' Praised For Heroics After Car Crash

Wednesday October 23 2013


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A MAN who ripped out the back seats of an overturned car to help those trapped inside has been praised by a local resident.

Barry Bailey is believed to have seen the accident on Barnsley Road, Cudworth, near Cudworth railway bridge on October 9 at 1.50pm and went to help.

He pulled out the seats and back shelf and managed to rescue the two young women and baby who were trapped inside.

Resident Jim Johnson was travelling along Barnsley Road when he saw the car on its side. Jim, from Shafton, said two young women were in the car and a baby.

He helped by grabbing the baby and he said another man took charge of the traffic.

"A nurse came forward to offer her services and made sure the ladies and the baby were not harmed," Jim said.

"The guy was relentless to get the seats out, he was just like a crazy man because you could smell the smoke.

"I personally have a frozen shoulder so there's no way I could've got the seats out. He's an unsung hero."

Jim said the people who helped were 'heroes of our society' and returned to their normal day's work as soon as the emergency services arrived.

"I never got to know their names but would like to thank you for your willingness to help others in danger," he said.

A modest Barry, 57, said afterwards that he didn't think about springing into action.

"We thought the car was on fire because the airbag went off and the women and baby were screaming. As soon as we heard them we thought we have got to get them out."

Barry has since been given a thank you card from the passengers for his efforts.

"It's just one of those things you do," he said.

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Reply Posted by Reece Germany on Wednesday October 23 2013 at 12:01
This bloke needs a reward or something he helped me my mum n dad out of a car fire a few years ago.. And my mums seat belt was stuck. If it wasnt for barry my mum wouldnt have been here today.. You should be so proud of yourself barry.. And to top it all he let us take our burnt out car to his land or council was going to charge us!! Well done barry

Reply Posted by Niki on Wednesday October 23 2013 at 13:12
Wow, Barry, you deserve a Pride of Britian Award :)

Reply Posted by Swifty on Wednesday October 23 2013 at 14:19
True Barnsley spirit and Grit. Barry your a star.

Reply Posted by sid on Wednesday October 23 2013 at 20:27
I know Barry. He,s a great bloke,straight john bull,and his wife's a lovely person too. This story doesn't surprise me, he once tried to help me too in a nasty situation. Salt of the earth,and works his balls off too.

Reply Posted by g on Wednesday October 23 2013 at 21:14
known barry 30yr and typical of him will help any body and yes sid works too hard sometimes but always time to help people pity some of the idle brigade dont take a leave out of his book well done baz

Reply Posted by Sam on Friday October 25 2013 at 09:15
A very big well done, be proud of yourself Barry :)

Reply Posted by Lyn on Friday October 25 2013 at 09:19
Well done Barry u r a hero glad everyone is safe n well Barry needs a medal

Reply Posted by jan on Monday October 28 2013 at 00:29
I don't know this guy, but sounds like he's very well liked by his community and by strangers in dire trouble. you hear of 1 once in a lifetime moment of selflessness to the dangers, but twice, and by sounds of it a third. this guy needs to be honoured. pride of Britton, theres the Yorkshire pride, n im sure there's a place in queens honours list for the less well known. maybe wab could could look into it