THERESA COSGROVE and JOHN MOORE
On the evening of 10th June 2014, Theresa COSGROVE and John MOORE were travelling along Watling Street, in Elstree, when a woman, driving a convertible car, pulled out of a private driveway in front of a motorcycle. The man on the motorcycle was thrown, head first, into the passenger well of the car. He suffered serious injuries and was immediately knocked unconscious. His legs were lying across the woman trapping her in the vehicle. The motor cycle’s fuel tank was ruptured by the impact and petrol sprayed all over the inside of the car and driver. It ignited immediately. Theresa, who was driving with John as a passenger, stopped her car next to the burning vehicle and went to help, noticing the woman’s right arm was on fire. John realized he had no choice but to move the man, even though he was seriously injured. He opened the passenger door and, with Theresa’s help, pulled the man from the car. Theresa used her bare hands to beat out the flames on the motorcyclist’s legs. John then dragged the motorcyclist further away from the car to protect him from the flames. Theresa went back to the passenger door and tried to pull out the woman who was reaching out towards her, but she was still trapped. John then stood in the passenger footwell of the car and tried, without success, to pull the woman up by her right arm. Her head was now on fire and the heat was intense. John realised the woman was still wearing her seat belt and so he pulled her by the left arm, directly across the centre console and out of the door. Although seriously burnt the woman was conscious and able to run clear. They then realised the man was still too close so John and Theresa dragged him further away. Again, one of his legs was on fire so they both beat out the flames. At this point the car’s tyres started to explode as flames enveloped the vehicle. John was later treated in hospital for his burns.
For their actions that day Theresa COSGROVE and John MOORE were each awarded the Royal Humane Society’s Bronze Medal.