THIS is the schoolboy hailed a hero after he rescued a terrified four-year-old girl trapped in a runaway car.
As the driverless car - with the screaming girl fastened in a safety seat - rolled on a collision course towards a busy main road, Seamus Buckley leapt into action.
The 14-year-old grabbed the door, freed the youngster and lifted her to safety on the pavement - then jumped in the car and yanked on the handbrake bringing it to a halt before it reached the main road junction.
The drama happened at Dalton, near Rotherham, where Seamus, a pupil at nearby St Bernard’s High School, had been playing football at Dalton Youth Centre.
The girl’s mum had left the car for just a few moments parked outside a pharmacy as she dashed in to collect a prescription.
Seamus, from East Herringthorpe, said: “I’d been playing football with my mates.
“I was walking round to the front doors when I heard this screaming and saw the girl banging on the car window.
“I tried to stop the car with my hands at first but couldn’t. So I opened the door and told her to undo her seatbelt.
“Then I carried her to the kerb, ran back and got in the car to put the handbrake on.
“I didn’t really think about what I was doing as it was happening. I think it’s something anyone would have done.”
Youth Centre leader Shaz Maxwell said: “I heard the scream and went running but Seamus had got there already.
“It was his quick thinking that saved the young girl because if the car had veered any further it’s a blind bend and it would have been hit by something coming round the corner.
“The mum had just popped in to pick up a prescription and said she never normally leaves the child on her own.
“We don’t know if she left the brake off or if the child managed to take it off. The mum was so upset but she did come back later and gave him a hug and say thanks again.”
Seamus was able to reach the car quickly because the centre’s fire doors had been closed to stop the ball disrupting other activities inside.
Shaz added: “Normally we keep the doors open. It’s lucky that we didn’t this time because Seamus was heading round the corner to get a drink when he noticed the car.”
Proud dad Adrian Buckley, 42, added: “It’s just his natural reaction, that’s him. He’s easy going and doesn’t make a big deal out of things.
“He just saw the girl screaming and banging on the windows and says he did what anyone would have done.”
The little girl and her mother have not been named.