A doctor stuck in the snow on his way to a hospital casualty department was rescued by a Good Samaritan in a 4x4.
Consultant Mark Davies, the chief doctor at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary’s accident and emergency department, became snowbound during Boxing Day’s blizzard.
Mr Davies, of Bolster Moor, became stuck in his car at Slaithwaite Gate, Scapegoat Hill, on the way to his night shift.
The busy department faced a night without its top doctor but he was spotted and rescued by his friend Dean Martin in his Nissan Pathfinder.
Mr Martin had been ferrying his neighbour’s friends to their rooms at the Pennine Manor Hotel, Scapegoat Hill.
Earlier in the evening Mr Martin, who runs a security firm, had taken some elderly relatives home from a party at his house.
Dean and his 4x4 braved deep snow, steep icy hills and stranded vehicles to get Mr Davies to hospital.
Mr Martin, a former professional footballer for Halifax Town, said: “The roads were very, very bad. They were cars abandoned all over the place.
“We had to do a bit of swerving and go round the back streets. It was tricky.”
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Now Mr Martin, whose brother Lee played for Huddersfield Town in the 1980s and 90s, has been hailed a hero.
Relative Ann Marie Wilkins said: “He’s a local hero helping his neighbours out.
“I think he was hoping to have a couple of drinks with his family but I don’t think he minded.
“He’s the kind of guy who would help anyone.”
Dad-of-two Dean, 47, joked: “There was an ulterior motive because I enjoy playing out in the snow.”
He added: “I’ve got a proper 4x4; it would go up the side of a mountain.
“I don’t feel like a hero. I just like to help out friends and relatives.
“It’s my good deed for the year and I’ll be calling in some favours afterwards!”