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Quick thinking council officer hailed a hero following car crash

16 December 2016

Councillor Neil Emmott; Chris Doleman; Bill Warwick; Councillor Donna Williams.

​A Rochdale Borough Council high​ways officer was hailed a hero after going the extra mile to help a Middleton family whose car had been struck by a vehicle which was then abandoned.

Bill Warwick was quickly on the scene to ensure Chris Doleman and his wife and 2 young children were safe and well following the horror smash on Stannycliff​e Lane.

​​​He was joined by North Middleton Councillor Donna Williams and they both provided comfort and support to the young family.

With traffic building up, and the abandoned car in the middle of the road, Bill ensured it was safely moved out of the way and the highway cleared until the police arrived.

Along with Councillor Williams he stayed at the scene for over 2 hours to help provide reassurance to concerned local residents and Councillor Williams briefed the police about the incident.

Chris said: “I think the council did a brilliant job. They arrived at the scene quickly, checked everyone was okay and ensured the road was safe for other motorists. On behalf of my family, I would like to thank Councillor Williams and Bill for their help. It’s the season of goodwill to all and they certainly went the extra mile to help out.”

Bill said: “I was glad to play my part in making sure everyone was safe and well following this nasty incident. Chris is a great bloke and it’s great that the story had a happy en​ding. The family can now look put this incident behind them and look forward to a nice christmas. It’s nice to receive some praise but I was just doing my job to provide help and support.”

Councillor Neil Emmott, cabinet member with responsibility for highways, said: “I am proud of my council colleague, Councillor Williams, for everything she did to help out. She is a real community champion. Also, a huge thanks to Bill for doing a superb job. They are both heroes. A big well done to everyone involved.”