Modest car salesman overwhelmed at reaction after helping injured grandmother

Dang Vuong who helped an injured grandmother after she accidentally called Stratstone BMW, on Silverlink, looking for help.
Dang Vuong who helped an injured grandmother after she accidentally called Stratstone BMW, on Silverlink, looking for help.

A hero car salesman has said he is overwhelmed by the reaction after helping a distressed grandmother who accidentally called his dealership.

Quick-thinking Dang Vuong was working at Stratstone BMW in Silverlink, Wallsend, on Sunday when the dealership got a phone call from a distress pensioner.

She had misdialed while trying to call her daughter for help after being injured while running a bath, suffering a cut to her mouth.

After checking where she was, he jumped in a car and raced around to help her.

He said: “Our receptionist answered and asked what she should do. I told her to take the woman’s details and stay on the phone to her, to try and keep her calm until I arrived.

“I Googled the address and found she was just a couple of miles away, so drove round.

“When I arrived I found she had fallen over in the living room. I picked her up and put her on the sofa, cleaned her up, and made her a cup of tea.

“She had left the bath running so I turned it off, but it was right at the top and about to overflow.”

Dang, of Blyth, added: “I waited for the family to arrive, and then left immediately.

“I haven’t seen the family since but they got in touch via Facebook to thank me.

“It’s all been quite overwhelming. I didn’t think anything of it.

“I’m just happy that the woman is fine and happy that I could help, that is the main thing.”

After leaving the woman in the care of her family, Dang returned to work where his colleagues were quick to praise and congratulate him on his actions.

Sara Tweedy, whose grandmother Dang came to the rescue of, thanked the actions of Dang in a social media post that went viral on Sunday, being liked more than 36,000 times and shared more than 14,900 times.

In it she said: “I would like to say a massive thank you to the manager at BMW Silverlink for helping my nana.

“We can’t thank him enough for what he done for her, there really is some caring and thoughtful people out there that don’t get recognised for what the do.

“I will be calling in to thank him in person too.”

Dang has now been nominated for a local hero award in recognition of his actions.

In a competition run by the News Post Leader – the News Guardian’s sister paper – Blyth’s newest hotel The Commissioners Inn is looking to recognise local heroes.

It will invite two special ‘unsung heroes’ to be special guests at the Tall Ships Regatta due in Blyth at the end of the month.

Dang was nominated by Rachel Catterill who said: “It’s the small compassionate things like this in life that make a difference, that elderly lady could have ended up a lot worse.”