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Not only does our head of sales go above and beyond for our customers, his heroic actions saved lives. 

On the 5th of December 2018, on his way to measure up for a customer MOT Bay, Andy Davidson our National Sales Manager saw a burning car on the M62 in Leeds, West Yorkshire. 

Without thought for his own safety, he rescued a mother and her baby from the burning vehicle and contacted the emergency services.

The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) contacted him after the event to thank him for his quick action during this event, and on the 22nd of February 2023 he was awarded a National Police Public Bravery Award at a ceremony at Bishopgarth House in Wakefield.

This is what happened on the day in the words of Andy Davidson, National Sales Manager at Concept Garage Equipment:

On my way up the M62 in West Yorkshire to an appointment to measure up for a customer’s new MOT Bay in 2018, I came across a vehicle stationary on the hard shoulder in the distance.  It was a cold December morning and just getting light.
As I got closer I noticed a glow from under the car and didn’t realise what it was until I got closer. I realised it was a flame coming from near the fuel tank at the back of the car. It was very cold and I thought that whoever this is will be cold sitting on the grass verge, but as I drove past I couldn’t see anyone. As I just passed the car I noticed that there was a young girl on her phone in the front driver’s seat. She clearly didn’t know what was going on and didn’t know the car was on fire.
Pulling across the motorway from lane 3 into the hard shoulder I reversed as far back as I could. I ran down the motorway to let her know that she was in danger. By now the back of the car was completely engulfed in flames.
As I helped her out I looked into the back seat and saw a small baby asleep in a car seat. I unlocked the seatbelt, grabbed the baby, and ran away from the car.
About 30 seconds later the car exploded across the motorway!
I called the emergency services and waited for the police, fire brigade, and ambulance to turn up. They arrived extremely quickly and they took the girl and baby into the back of the ambulance. The girl was treated for shock, and both were wrapped in a foil blanket. I was called later that day to let me know that both were fine, and they were safely at home being taken care of by their family.
12 months later I received a letter from West Yorkshire police, they told me that I was to be awarded a Police Public Bravery Award, for which I have since very gratefully received.

The bravery displayed by Andy is nothing short of remarkable, and everyone at Concept Garage Equipment are extremely proud of this selfless act, which resonates with Andy’s tenacity to treat all colleagues and customers with the same care and respect, offering a first-rate service, always going the extra mile for customers to get them the best possible Garage Equipment or MOT Bay experience.

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