Bradley Morrison (second from left) and Steven Hird (third from left) received bravery awards for rescuing a baby from a burning car. They are pictured with their wives, Joanne Morrison (left) and Tenille Hird (right).
Bradley Morrison (second from left) and Steven Hird (third from left) received bravery awards for rescuing a baby from a burning car. They are pictured with their wives, Joanne Morrison (left) and Tenille Hird (right). Pamela Frost

Truckies heard baby crying in burning car

THE first thing Bradley Morrison heard when he rushed up to a burning car was a baby crying.

So he went to the back seat and pulled her out.

Another man, Steven Hird, tried to open the passenger door to get the mother out, but the car was engulfed in flames and the door was jammed shut.

Mr Morrison and Mr Hird received bravery awards during a ceremony on Thursday.

They both received a Certificate of Merit from the The Royal Humane Society of Australasia.

The two men were driving trucks along the Cunningham Hwy when they came across the horrific scene in November, 2013. A car being driven by a mother with her nine-month-old baby in the back crashed with a B-double truck at Aratula.

Mr Morrison pulled the baby out of the burning car. The driver of the truck involved in the crash had escaped but the mother tragically died.

"We just went in and did what had to be done I guess," Mr Morrison said.

Mr Hird said the worst part was not being able to help the mother.

"The passenger's door was really hot because it was really on flames at that point, the hardest part was watching the mother pass away and not being able to (help)," Mr Hird said.

A third man involved in the rescue received a similar bravery award in Melbourne. - ARM NEWSDESK


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