An Asda delivery driver has been commended as a hero after saving a seven-week-old baby from a burning building, and then continuing to finish the rest of his deliveries!
When on his routine rounds around Stapleford, Nottingham, Habeel Khan noticed that smoke was billowing from a home in the distance.
Getting a closer look, the 26-year-old came across a hysterical woman who informed him that her child was still trapped inside the property.
Determined to rescue the baby, Habeel darted into the burning building regardless of the peril it put him in.
Despite this heroic act, Hameel remains modest when discussing the terrifying event: “It was just a normal day at work for me.”
Recollecting the event, he added: “I was doing my deliveries in the Stapleford area and when I pulled up and looked over to where the customer’s house as I saw loads of smoke just gushing out of a house.
“My natural instinct was to just run across to the house. I could see loads of smoke and lots of people panicking outside.
“I shouted is everyone out of the house?’ and that’s when a woman with two young children shouted ‘my baby; my baby’s still in the house.’
“I don’t think she had realised until then and then she ran back into the house and I went with her.
“She managed to pick up the baby from a room next to the kitchen where the fire had started, then we ran out.”
Before carrying on the rest of his delivery, Habeel stayed with the family to help calm them down and until the firefighters and paramedics arrived.
Since then, Habeel has been praised for his brave action and has recently been named Colleagues’ Colleague of the Year at the Being Asda Awards 2019.
Habeel said: “I didn’t really think anything of it – I just thought I’d helped out, and had done a little good deed.
“I don’t think I have done anything heroic at all, to be honest. Thankfully everyone was okay in the end and the family are back in the house.”
Peter Smith, Habeel’s manager, commented on his employee’s actions: “We know him as Smiler. He is always happy. He is always doing the right thing by the customer. He is an absolute asset to the team and a credit to the company.”
Anthony Hemmerdinger, Asda’s senior vice president of operations added: “What Habeel did was remarkable and it’s not something we would recommend that our colleagues do, however it’s clear that in this instance his instinct kicked in and he did a remarkable job.”
Habeel’s fellow colleagues were also full of admiration when sharing their reactions of his ‘little good deed’.
Claire Wilkes said: “Habeel doesn’t think he is a hero, but we certainly do – he’s amazing!”
Bernie Drummond commented: “Habeel’s just great and everyone loves him here. He’s just our Habeel, our hero.”
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