James Mugo, 50, on Friday received Sh10,000 ($100) from County Commissioner Abdullahi Galgalo as an appreciation for his courageous act that prevented a potential fire disater.On Thursday, Mugo’s tanker was emptying petrol at Independent Petrol Station when it caught fire from its underside. On realising this, Mugo jumped in and drove the tanker fast to about 200 metres away, where it burst into flames while he managed to jump off and flee unharmed. The lorry was loaded with 8,000 litres of petrol and would have caused a fire disaster in the populous town. Galgalo thanked Mugo, saying his swift and selfless decision saved many lives and property that would have been lost if the tanker had been left to explode.
After driving a distance safe enough to get off, he quickly jumped out of the vehicle and run for his life before the truck eventually burst out in flames, gripping the market area with fear as residents began to come out.
“I managed to drive the burning tanker away from the shops and residential houses. I managed to jump out just in time before the tanker burst into flames and was reduced to a shell,” said the driver.
The incident, which took place in the Embu County, received national attention as heaps of praises were directed at Kangara, prompting the County Commissioner to get in touch with him to thank him.
Galgallo Abdullahi, the County Commissioner, then presented an amount of Sh10,000 ($100) to him, applauding him for his bravery.
He also thanked him for putting his life on the line to save the community and the nation of properties that could have run into millions of Kenyan Shillings, reports Nairobi News.
“The driver acted boldly and other Kenyans should follow his example and sacrifice for the betterment of others,” said Mr Abdullahi.
An emotional and grateful Kangara, in tears, thanked the County rep for the kind gesture, stressing that while performing that act of bravery, the least of things he expected was a reward.
“I never expected this would happen to me. I’m excited,” he said at the commissioner’s office.
Some Kenyans have been reacting to the story, calling for more to be done for the father of two.