A QUICK-THINKING traffic warden came to the rescue of a pensioner left in agony after trapping her hand in the boot of her car in Stafford.
Civil enforcement officer Steve Hutchings heard the woman calling for help when he was fixing a problem with a pay machine at the Kingsmead short stay car park.
He found her distressed at the back of her Fiesta with her hand stuck in the boot door. He eventually managed to force the boot open and free her.
The woman, in her 70s, suffered cuts and severe bruising to her hand and was unsteady on her feet, so Mr Hutchings called for an ambulance and stayed with her until paramedics arrived.
The woman, who lives in Stafford Borough but has asked not to be identified, has since written to the good Samaritan to thank him for his help a fortnight ago.
In her letter she said: “They have a difficult job. Most of the time people don’t want to see them - but I was really pleased to.”
Modest Mr Hutchings, who has worked as a civil enforcement officer for three years, said: “I’m really glad I could help. The woman was very upset and in pain and I just wanted to do as much as I could to reassure her that she would be taken care of and not left alone.”
Councillor Frances Beatty, cabinet member for planning and regeneration at Stafford Borough Council, said: “I hear many reports of how our civil enforcement officers go the extra mile to help members of the public - whether it is coming to a person’s aid when they are injured or taken ill, or helping with directions.”