Asda Delivery Driver Helps Save Baby From Burning Building
There are some people willing to go above and beyond for their job, but usually this involves working an extra hour here and there, or answering the odd email on a Sunday.
However, one Asda delivery driver took that concept to a whole new level, having run into a burning building to help save a newborn baby from a fire at a house.
Habeel Khan, 26, was out on his delivery rounds near Stapleford, Nottinghamshire, when he spotted smoke coming from a property.
He promptly stopped to investigate, and found a woman outside with two young children, shouting that her seven-week-old baby was still inside the home.
Habeel, who works at the Asda Home Shopping Centre in Bulwell, then ran into the house with the woman to help save the infant, and together they managed to escape from the blaze.
He told Nottinghamshire Live: "It was a just a normal day at work for me.
"I was doing my deliveries in the Stapleford area and when I pulled up and looked over to where the customer's house was 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."
Despite being heaped with praise for what he did, Habeel said he 'didn't really think anything of it'.
He added: "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."
However, Asda bosses have been commending the modest employee, who was recently named Colleagues' Colleague of the Year at the Being Asda Awards 2019.
Habeel's manager, Peter Smith, said: "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."
Asda's senior vice president of operations, Anthony Hemmerdinger, 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."
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