Suffolk man helps tow ambulance free from snow near Occold, Suffolk

James Bell, from Eye, helped to tow an ambulance caught in the snow. Picture: JAMES BELL

James Bell, from Eye, helped to tow an ambulance caught in the snow. Picture: JAMES BELL - Credit: Archant

A Suffolk man worked tirelessly for several hours in the freezing temperatures this week to help people whose vehicles had become trapped in the snow - including an ambulance.

James Bell, from Eye, helped to tow an ambulance caught in the snow. Picture: JAMES BELL

James Bell, from Eye, helped to tow an ambulance caught in the snow. Picture: JAMES BELL - Credit: Archant

James Bell, from Eye, had ventured out to get diesel in his 4x4 pick-up van on Thursday when he came across a lorry stuck on the A140 at Brockford.

He towed the lorry - which was blocking the road - free of the carriageway before heading to check on his mother. It was on his return when he came across a number of others who had become stranded in the snow - including the ambulance.

Thankfully the ambulance wasn’t heading out to an emergency, but Mr Bell’s actions enabled the crew to get back on their way and ready should their services be needed in the county.

His wife, Tess, told this newspaper: “On the journey back on the eye to occold road he saw lots of vehicles stuck so stopped to help and ended up spending the day helping people.


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“He took three people into Eye who were walking from Occold to Eye to get bread.

“The ambulance didn’t have it’s blue lights on but had got stuck trying to get through.

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“He ended up staying out until it started to get dark helping people.

“He was frozen when he got home and yesterday we noticed he’d been in and out of the truck so much that his car mat had frozen solid.”

Mr Bell, 31 and who works for Eye Power Station, and his wife continued in their efforts to help their communities yesterday by taking food orders for Mr Bell’s mother and some of their neighbours and getting shopping in for them.

“It’s been lovely seeing the community come together over this big freeze,” said Mrs Bell. “Also, a big thank you to the Hull family, farmers from Occold, who worked hard all weekend clearing the road with their farm equipment.”

Do you know someone who has gone the extra mile to help people in their community during the big freeze?

To tell us who they are and what they did, email newsroom@archant.co.uk and we’ll publish as many of these as we can in Monday’s EADT and Ipswich Star.

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