Parents thank firefighters for saving daughter’s life after Newquay car crash
THE PARENTS of a young Newquay woman who was seriously injured in a crash with a fire service vehicle has thanked firefighters for saving her life.
Doug and Wendy Gratton presented a cheque for £500 to crews at the resort’s fire station on Wednesday, and said: “If it wasn’t for them she would have died. We can’t thank them enough.”
The cash will go to The Fire Fighters Charity, which provides services and support for serving and retired firefighters and their families.
Emma Gratton, 22, sustained head injuries, a broken pelvis and a punctured lung in the accident, which happened on the A3075 near Rejerrah on Saturday, July 7, last year.
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She had been travelling in the passenger seat of a Ford Fiesta with a friend when the car was in a collision with the Vauxhall Combo fire service support van.
The crew of four had been supporting two fire engines that had been called to Helston to deal with a flooding incident, and were on the way back to Newquay.
They suffered whiplash and other minor injuries – but helped release the two from the car and began administering first aid, supported by colleagues and two passing RNLI lifeguards.
Mr Gratton, 48, of St Columb Minor, said: “We had to say thank you. We gave what we could but no amount of money can repay what they did. Something like this really opens your eyes to the job they do; it’s not just about putting out fires.
“It’s a miracle Emma survived and we’re so grateful. She spent about six weeks in hospital and she’s still undergoing rehab. Her life has changed but she’s getting there.”
At the time of the crash, Newquay station commander Stewart Whitworth paid tribute to the work of the firefighters.
He added: “It’s lucky everyone was wearing seatbelts. That definitely saved lives, as it was a serious smash.”