09 June 2022

Glasgow lorry driver, John Brown, 43, has been celebrated at a prestigious national retail awards designed to showcase excellence in the industry.

John, who lives in the Sandyhills area of Glasgow and has worked for the Co-op for 20 years, is based at the retailer’s Newhouse Distribution Centre and was praised for his “quick actions” and described as “incredibly brave and selfless”.

On a routine delivery to a Co-op store in Ayrshire, John saw smoke in the freezer section of his articulated vehicle. With the lorry on fire, John moved it to a safe place before uncoupling the burning trailer from the driver cab unit – a move which undoubtably averted significant damage to local buildings and businesses.

The award's judges, said: “(John) demonstrated heroic actions under massive pressure and, dangerous and potentially life threatening circumstances, to help protect people and his community.”

The Co-op delivery driver ‘bagged’ a silver award in the distribution and delivery hero category of the “Retail Week Awards 2022”, with the organisers of the awards also acknowledging that they had received “a record number of entries and the quality was incredibly high.”

John, added: “It was only afterwards that the potential scale of the incident, and what could have happened, really hit me and sunk in. I generally take things in my stride, and was able to remain calm, I instinctively knew I needed to move the vehicle out of the way and to somewhere safe. I never expected to be given an award though, I just did what I needed to do, but receiving this recognition has been a fabulous experience.”

Further information:
Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702505551
E: andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

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