A MODEST hero emerged last night.
Paul Robertshaw, of Golcar, was unveiled as one of the mystery Good Samaritans who went to the help of crash victims at Meltham.
Paul and another man battled to free two women and three young children from a car, after it overturned in blizzard conditions in Thick Hollins earlier this month.
The car had skidded on the icy road and rolled on to its side, trapping friends Nathalie Woodcock and Samantha Boyles, who is seven months pregnant, in the front seats.
In the back were Nathalie’s son Toby, four, and seven-month-old daughter Millie, along with Samantha’s four-year-old son Callum.
Paul, of Clay Well, had been to The Huntsman pub high above Holmfirth to visit a wedding fair with girlfriend Helen.
The 28-year-old said: "The weather was pretty bad as we left the pub and as we headed down towards Meltham it got terrible.
"There was snow and ice on the roads and it was hailing and as we got to the bottom, I could see a car on the road.
"There were a couple of other vehicles but no-one seemed to be with the overturned car.
"I grabbed my jacket and ran over to find several people inside the vehicle.
"Another man was already there, helping to get the children out of the seats in the back, and I started trying to move the door.
"We were very worried because one of the women was obviously heavily pregnant and she was being crushed by her friend, laid on top of her.
"We managed to prise the door open and helped them out and thankfully, they were okay.
"Someone else had taken the children in to get them out of the weather and we made sure the emergency services were on the way before driving off."
Nathalie, who lives at Linthwaite, said: "We were very lucky.
"Samantha and I suffered whiplash and neck injuries and the kids were bruised by the seatbelts.
"We cannot put into words how grateful we are.
"Anything could have happened.
"The kids were hysterical until they pulled them out. God knows what could have happened."