Clitheroe car crash survivor thanks rescue heroes

GRATITUDE: Peter is pictured with the team of fire-fighters who were involved with his rescue operation. (s)
GRATITUDE: Peter is pictured with the team of fire-fighters who were involved with his rescue operation. (s)

CLITHEROE car crash survivor Peter Shawcross Riley visited Clitheroe Fire Station to show his gratitude to some of the fire-fighters who helped with his rescue operation.

Peter presented the fire-fighters with copies of his book – “From where I’m sitting...” – which provides an affectionate, minute-by-minute and first-hand account of the severe road traffic accident he suffered on the A59 outside Clitheroe a few years ago.

The busy A59 was closed for five hours and Clitheroe town centre was in gridlock as a result. Peter’s patient’s eye narrative provides an entertaining insight into the workings of the emergency services and hospitals which he encountered on what turned out to be a much longer homeward journey than expected!

“The incredible wit and humour of the people with whom I came into contact inspired me to write about my experiences in the hope these might help not just others in a similar situation, but their friends and families as well,” said Peter.

He also introduces into this emotional mix a range of compelling and amusing accounts of incidents from his working life as a chartered surveyor in East Lancashire, all stumbled across in a home near you! Dave McGrath, watch manager at Clitheroe Fire Station said: “It’s nice to see Peter is well on the way to recovering.

“From the point of view of the fire services it is nice for him to come to the station and say thank you.”

Mr McGrath added it was good to speak to someone who had been involved in an incident and gain more insight into how they think it was dealt with and learn from any comments.

“It’s nice to get such positive feedback,” he added.

“From Where I’m Sitting...” is available through Amazon.co.uk either as a paperback or to download as a Kindle e-book.