First to arrive at an accident on Friday in West Yorkshire, England, agent Martin Willis found a scene that practically defines the word "precarious".
A wrecked van with the driver stuck inside staggered on the edge of an icy flyover Willis told CBS News. Every time another vehicle pbaded or the wind blew, the sheriff could see that the truck was swinging.
Willis grabbed a tire to prevent the truck from rushing to the road and held for 15 minutes until a West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue team arrived to help.
"It was scary because I was worried that another collision could happen and it hit us on the shoulder while the traffic went by quickly," Willis told The Telegraph. "It was a balance, so I had to keep it quiet"
After posting on Twitter about the experience, Willis said: "I can not begin to describe my relief" when the help arrived. The driver was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, but without danger to life.
First on the scene of this collision at # A1M this morning and in front of a vehicle that was swinging over the edge of a bridge with the driver stuck! After clinging to the vehicle to keep it from swaying in the wind, I can not begin to divert my relief when @WYFRS arrived on the scene. pic.twitter.com/E8ilktlOl7
– Motorway Martin (@WYP_PCWILLIS) December 1, 2017
Newspaper and television reports describe Willis as a hero.
"Your superman cape is not in this photo! It must have come out in the fray!" Wrote comrade Constable Adam Pace on Twitter.
But his superman cape is not in this picture! It must have come out in the unsuccessful!
– PC Adam Pace (@PCAdamPace) December 2, 2017
Another poster, identifying himself as the father of the injured driver, expressed his gratitude and said that Willis, who pbades by "Motorway Martin" in Twitter, you must change your name to "Motorway Marvel".
John Regan I just want to say thanks "Martin Highway" for his intervention, the driver is our son and he will never know how grateful I am and I am. the renamed wonder of the highway once again thank you very much
– Simon (@ sregan1971) December 3, 2017
But Willis later posted on Twitter that he does not consider himself a hero.
"I was just doing my job, but I'm very honored to receive so much praise," Willis wrote on Saturday.
A very sincere thanks to everyone for their kind tweets. I was just doing my job, but I feel very honored to receive so many compliments. Please, any questions from the press can be directed to our press office @WestYorksPolice Thanks again. @BBCLookNorth @itvcalendar
– Martin Freeway (@WYP_PCWILLIS) December 2, 2017