A woman of Hope Creek Village, Stann Creek District displayed bravery yesterday after she along with two others extracted two men from a burning car on the Hummingbird Highway. 33-year-old Diana Alford is a Petty Officer in the Belize Coast Guard and was on her way to Belmopan when she encountered a highway collision involving four persons. Whilst others stood by taking videos and photos, Alford pulled over and went into action. Love News spoke with her this morning to get her account of how it all unfolded.
Alford explained to our newsroom that she wasn’t aware of who the two men were but she is relieved that they were unable to escape further injuries. Love News understands that the men were extracted and taken to the Western Regional Hospital. Up to that time the Police and ambulance were yet to arrive at the scene.
Petty Officer Diana Alford, Belize Coast Guard: “Actually we managed to take out the guy with the help of the other guy that was there and another guy that came to help assist and take him out and police wasn’t there and ambulance wasn’t there. When we managed to take out the last guy they took him and rushed him in a pickup truck that was parked on the left hand side of the road, that was the car that took the guys to the hospital with the other two females that were crying and all full of blood. So I left the scene and police or ambulance wasn’t there yet so I just hoped that the guys made it and will live and can see that they manage to escape this one but that’s all that I hope that they’re okay and they manage and I’m glad for the person that helped because most of all we have a bad habit here that anything that happens it’s just video or pictures and instead of us trying to help others it’s more easier; if you watch a fight or anything it’s just videos instead of separating the fight or avoiding things. So for the persons and people that helped I’m happy and appreciate that we have people that can help others.”
Reporter: Did you ever get a chance to know whose lives you saved yesterday ?
Petty Officer Diana Alford, Belize Coast Guard: “I did not. I was wanting to go to the hospital this morning and see if they’re okay but due to I’m on duties today I am not able to go. I really want to know that they’re okay because most of all the lives of people matter so that’s what I’m worried about but I heard on the news the names of the persons and I heard that they were okay.”
The driver of the taxi car in yesterday’s collision was William Vega who sustained burns to the body. And while we have taken Diana Alford’s bravery on a national level, saluting Alford’s bravery was her superior, Acting Commander of the Belize Coast Guard Gregory Soberanis.
Gregory Soberanis, Acting Commander of the Belize Coast Guard: “To the officer Diana Alford really and truly is one of the remarkable and outstanding women in the Coast Guard. From an athletic viewpoint she has always been involved in some of the most challenging athletic events that women participate in for the country of Belize. Love FM Challenge where you travel from Punta Gorda all the way up to Corozal she and her sister won that even, grueling event. She was also a part of the Coast Guard Wonder Woman team that won that event not this year but last year. Her performance has always been outstanding, her integrity unquestionable. She has really been a beacon for women in the Coast Guard and so when I got the call that she had assisted it was no surprise to me because that is the type of person she is. Nevertheless I want to publicly commend her and acknowledge her. The assistance that she provided at that accident scene and accident site I believe contributed to those people being alive. She arrived on the scene, she was decisive, quick to act and did not flinch nor hesitate in her mind as it relates to what she needed to do along with another individual and really and truly she not only with this incident but she always demonstrates the Coast Guard values. She demonstrates courage she was very heroic in what she did at the accident site, valiant effort I applaud her, I commend her and truly we value and appreciate her in the Coast Guard.”