10:00am Saturday 6th April 2013
MOTHER and daughter Jo and Lauren Morley, who came to the rescue of RAF commander John Wariner after he broke his leg, were surprised to receive a thank you from him on last week’s Gazette front page.
Group Captain Wariner, of the 90 Signals Unit at RAF Leeming, was running in Castle Combe a week ago last Saturday when he slipped and fell in the freezing mud and found himself unable to walk unaided.
He was rescued by Jo and Lauren, from The Rise, Calne, who were on a walk at the time and helped him reach his car after they spotted him limping up the hill towards the car park.
A trip to the Royal United Hospital, Bath, confirmed Grp Cpt Wariner, 48, had broken his leg.
He later contacted the Gazette & Herald to ask how he could get in touch to say thank you.
Miss Morley, 19, who offered a shoulder to lean on, is setting off to work at a holiday camp in France before studying animal science at Reading University in September.
She said: “It was a big surprise to see him on the front page. We weren’t expecting that at all.
“We were just following him and he was hobbling a bit so we said, ‘are you all right?’ He said ‘yes, I would just appreciate a shoulder to lean on’. I couldn’t believe he had broken his leg.
“We just focused on getting back – it was quite cold, so we were trying to get a march on anyway.
“We just happened to be there. Anyone would have helped I’m sure. We were a bit worried, but it was nice to know he was okay and got home safely.”
Mrs Morley, 47, who sells livestock for Meadow Quality, in Allington, near Chippenham, said: “We were both surprised and grateful to hear from John in this subtle way. What an admirable man. When we found him he was in obvious pain, but he had an incredibly positive mindset so it was no struggle on our part to help.
“The way he was chatting away to us while hobbling on one leg, clinging onto Lauren, you certainly wouldn’t have thought he had broken his leg.
“We’re just so glad we were able to help.
“He is such a lovely guy and we wish him a speedy recovery so he can return back to his active self.”
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