12:30 Thursday 16 January 2014

Brave Littleport dad in running for second award

Written byJORDAN DAY

Alan Chapman, centre, when he received his first award in November. Alan Chapman, centre, when he received his first award in November.

A brave dad who saved a woman from a burning car is in the running for another prestigious award.

Alan Chapman, 45, had his courage recognised by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) when he was awarded the Certificate of Commendation in November.

But now father-of-three Mr Chapman has been shortlisted for a Spirit of Fire Award after being nominated by CFRS. He is in the running to win the Adult Hero award.

Mr Chapman was driving along Branch Bank in Prickwillow on May 25 last year when he came across the scene of a horrendous accident involving a motorcycle and a car.

Tragically, the motorcyclist, Christie-Joe Couzens, 22, of Parsons Lane, Littleport, was pronounced dead at the scene.

When Mr Chapman, of The Barns, Littleport, arrived at the collision, the female passenger of the car involved, a white Volkswagen estate, was screaming for help.

The vehicle’s driver, a woman, was still trapped inside the vehicle, which had flipped upside down onto its roof, and had caught fire.

Within seconds, Mr Chapman had managed to clamber in through one of the windows, unfastened the driver’s seatbelt and managed to get her out of the car.

As a result of his actions, the woman survived her injuries.

Station Commander Martin Ockenden described Mr Chapman as “an inspiration to the people of Cambridgeshire and the fire service”.

The Spirit of Fire Awards are being held in London in May.

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