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Kevin saved a man from a burning car – while on crutches

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Lifesaver: Kevin Hogan presents a bravery award to Kevin Dowd for rescuing a man from a burning car in 2016. Photo: contributed.

Bravery has many faces. One is Kevin Dowd from Spring Grove.

Federal MP Kevin Hogan presented Mr Dowd with a Royal Humane Society of NSW Bronze Medal Bravery Award last week.

“During an incident at Bunnings Lismore in September 2016, Kevin put himself in danger to pull a man out of a burning car,” Mr Hogan said.

Mr Dowd was on crutches at the time. He went towards the car as everyone else was fleeing. He wanted to help the man who was on fire inside the car.

“This was an extremely dangerous situation as flames were engulfing the car. Kevin put his own safety at risk to assist a stranger,” Mr Hogan said.

“Just moments later the car exploded. Kevin, if not saving the man’s life, certainly saved him from much more severe injuries.”

Richmond Police District Commander Superintendent Scott Tanner also presented Mr Dowd with a Certificate of Merit from the NSW Police and a Commendation Award from Richmond Police District.

Richmond River Independent 10 March 2021

This article appeared in the Richmond River Independent, 10 March 2021.

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