SINGAPORE - A ComfortDelGro taxi driver and an SBS bus captain were awarded the Public Spiritedness Award by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) on Friday (June 10), for their selfless acts and swift action to help extinguish a car fire.
Cabbie Ong Kong Poh, 48, had just dropped a passenger off along Farrer Road last Monday, when he saw the stationary car with thick smoke coming out from its engine.
He parked his taxi, took the fire extinguisher from his car and handed it to the driver of the burning vehicle.
Mr Ong said in Mandarin: "The fire extinguisher wasn't big. It could be used for two minutes but that wasn't enough to extinguish the fire completely."
Separately, bus captain Jiang Hong, 39, had seen the car on fire as he approached it, after coming out of a bus stop.
He asked the passengers on the bus for permission to alight and help and they agreed.
So he took a fire extinguisher from the bus to help put of the flames from the burning car.
"I didn't think too much at that point. It was dangerous and I knew I could help, so I did," said the bus captain.
Mr Ong and Mr Jiang managed to control the fire before the SCDF arrived shortly.
Both men said at the award event that they were surprised as they had not expected to be given an award.
"It was a good deed, but I was just doing my part," said Mr Ong.
Colonel Alan Chow, Commander of 1st SCDF Division who presented the awards, said: "Those were the right kind of actions to be taken by civic-minded individuals with the right skills and the right mindset to help others in need."
The SCDF encourages members of public and transport operators alike to emulate the selfless actions of Mr Ong and Mr Jiang.
"It could be a family member, a friend or even a random stranger. You never know when you'll see someone in need," said Col Chow.