SCDF looking for rescuers of man pinned under truck at Bendemeer

Passers-by helping to lift a truck to free a man pinned underneath. The 35-year-old South Korean who was pinned under a truck on Wednesday is recovering at Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
Passers-by helping to lift a truck to free a man pinned underneath. The 35-year-old South Korean who was pinned under a truck on Wednesday is recovering at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. PHOTO: SCREENGRABS FROM VIDEO COURTESY OF FOO SUAN WANG

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) has called for the good samaritans who helped rescue the man pinned under a truck on Wednesday to come forward so that they can be given awards.

In a Facebook post yesterday, the SCDF called their actions "a display of the Singapore Spirit and hailed the incident as "proof that you don't have to be in a costume to be a superhero".

When contacted, the SCDF told The Straits Times that it had so far managed to contact only a handful of the more than 30 good samaritans.

"We would like to commend and award them with a public spiritedness award," said an SCDF spokesman.

 

The SCDF Public Spiritedness Award is usually given to people who display courageous or outstanding deeds that result in saving lives or preventing property damage.

 

The 35-year-old South Korean who was pinned under the trailer truck is recovering in Tan Tock Seng Hospital. The man, whose surname is Kim, was believed to have been hit by the truck at 11.45am as he was crossing the road at the junction of Bendemeer Road and Boon Keng Road.

The accident led to a remarkable display of public spiritedness, when more than 30 passers-by who heard his screams rushed to his aid and lifted the truck, freeing him. The incident was caught on camera in a video that has since gone viral on social media.

If you were one of the good samaritans who helped rescue the man, call the SCDF on 6471-7417 or 6332-3001 between 9am and 5pm.