16 people get SCDF awards for lifting trailer truck to free man pinned underneath

The SCDF is presenting a public spiritedness award to individuals who rushed to help lift a truck that had a pedestrian pinned underneath it.
The SCDF is presenting a public spiritedness award to individuals who rushed to help lift a truck that had a pedestrian pinned underneath it. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
The 16 people who were presented with the public spiritedness award: (Front row, from left) Alan Lin, Davide Dennis Cruz, Lee Yuen Wan, Roy Allan Calibuso, Crispin I. Orina, III, Er Sing Yee and Diana Bregente. (Middle Row, from left) Shamsuddin Bin
The 16 people who were presented with the public spiritedness award: (Front row, from left) Alan Lin, Davide Dennis Cruz, Lee Yuen Wan, Roy Allan Calibuso, Crispin I. Orina, III, Er Sing Yee and Diana Bregente. (Middle Row, from left) Shamsuddin Bin Mohamed Zakkaria, Tung Chee Fook, Joyce Chang, Lee Yuen Wan, Roy Allan Calibuso, Crispin I. Orina, III, Er Sing Yee, Diana Bregente, Hung Tee Keong, Samsuddin Musha and Tan Tee Wah. (Bottom row, from left) Alan Lin, Ekwin Chua, Jamal Basha Asif Iqbal and Goh Joke Tin.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Jamal Basha Asif Iqbal receiving his award from commander of the 1st SCDF Div Alan Chow on July 26, 2015.
Jamal Basha Asif Iqbal receiving his award from commander of the 1st SCDF Div Alan Chow on July 26, 2015.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Passers-by helping to lift a truck to free a man pinned underneath.
Passers-by helping to lift a truck to free a man pinned underneath. PHOTO: SCREENGRABS FROM VIDEO COURTESY OF FOO SUAN WANG

SINGAPORE - Sixteen people who helped a South Korean man trapped under a truck were given awards for their public spiritedness by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) on Sunday.

They were among a group of well-meaning passers-by who had helped Mr Kim Seong Mo, 35, who was pinned underneath the trailer truck after an accident along Boon Keng Road on Wednesday.

Mr Kim suffered a fractured right leg and is now recovering at Tan Tock Seng hospital.

A 90-second video of the incident, which showed about 30 bystanders rushing to lift the truck to free him, went viral on social media.

 

On Sunday, Lieutenant Colonel Alan Chow, commander of 1st SCDF division, said the awards were a recognition of the public spiritedness of these individuals. 

“We are all very amazed by the amazing feat – that about 30 of you came together, without any formal coordination, lifted the trailer truck and pulled out a person in distress underneath," he said at the award ceremony.

Software engineer Asif Iqbal, 33, was among those who helped to lift the truck up.

The Singapore permanent resident from India was one of two men who ducked underneath the truck to pull out Mr Kim. Recounting the incident, he said: “We were all pushing the truck, then I realised, someone has to go underneath to pull him out."

Working together with others, he removed Mr Kim’s jacket before pulling him out by the shoulders. He said: “We realised then that the truck was starting to drop a little, I think the people lifting were getting tired, so I quickly moved his leg to make sure it wouldn’t get trapped again."

"This was an incident where everyone stopped worrying about work stresses and concerns, we put everything aside. We just wanted to help the man."

Mr Alan Lin, 30, was among those who helped to lift the truck: "On our first try (to lift it), the truck didn't even move. When it finally started moving, we just shouted, 'Get the man out!'," said the regional sales manager. "At that moment, we were just relieved that the man was okay."

Occupational therapist Lee Yuen Wan, 27,  called the SCDF when she saw what happened. Said Ms Lee, whose office is on the third storey of the building facing the accident scene: "I heard a shout for help, it was so loud we could hear it even though the windows were closed."

She added: "I'm just proud that everyone helped save this man. It was lucky, he just had a fracture."