Hero of the week – Laura Banks

Laura Banks, from Holt, Wiltshire, has been presented with a bravery award from the Royal Humane Society for her role in rescuing a badly burned man from his blazing car. It was April 2014 when Laura, who works for Tribe Communications at Glove Factory Studios in Holt, was driving to Melksham when she came across the fire in a layby at the side of the road.

Despite the risk of the car exploding Laura, together with a Police Community Support Officer also at the scene, ignored her own safety to help pull the man from the car. Sadly the 50-year-old man died three days later. At a ceremony in London on Wednesday 6th May, Princess Alexandra, the charity’s president, presented Laura with her bravery award.

Laura said, “I don’t think of myself as a particularly brave person, I just saw a person in trouble and felt that I had to help. Of course, it’s lovely to be recognised, I wasn’t expecting anything and I’m very proud and honoured to have been given this Certificate of Bravery.”

“The ceremony in London was incredibly special and I feel immensely humbled to have been able to share a day with some exceptional people, who did far braver things than me. I was just trying to help.”

Gareth Jones, Managing Director at Tribe said, “We’re incredibly proud of Laura and humbled by her bravery. She’s an amazing individual and thoroughly deserving of this award for the courage she showed at the time and the way she has responded since.”