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Hero deserves praise

HEROES going about their day-to-day life until they are called to risk their wellbeing to save someone else tend to be self-effacing. Such was the case with William McMullen when he undoubtedly put his own safety last to help a driver involved in a crash.

The incident happened at about 8am on Saturday on the Portaferry Road outside Newtownards when Mr McMullen rushed to help the casualty, who was unconscious, dragging the man from his vehicle which had burst into flames.

A picture of the burned-out remains of the car illustrate just how precarious a situation the driver was saved from. The picture also shows how much danger Mr McMullen put himself in when he rushed to help the casualty.

Sometimes the society we live in can bring us to the brink of despair. Newspaper pages are usually the home of stories about assaults, murders, robberies and accidental fatalities and injuries.

However, the actions of people like Mr McMullen demonstrate that there are many good, decent and, importantly in this case, brave human beings willing to risk their own safety to help others.

No matter how modest this particular hero is, there is simply no other word which adequately describes him and he deserves all the praise which comes his way.

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