Graeme Le Saux was a steady left-back who rarely made the headlines in his playing days.
But the former Chelsea stalwart is now getting his moment in the spotlight after assisting an elderly couple away from their burning caravan and to safety, near his Surrey home on Sunday.
The 36-times capped England international prevented a 72-year-old man, who was later taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation, from reentering the roadside blaze.
The caravan had gas and petrol tanks on board, and was reportedly in dust in less than half an hour after a series of ‘mini explosions’.
“We assumed they had broken down. There was an older couple and the wife seemed agitated,’ Le Saux’s wife Mariana told local paper getSurrey.
“My husband said he would go and see if they were alright, as we could see smoke coming from the side door. He said that the wife was concerned and told her husband to come away.
“At this point Graeme asked if there was any gas on board, and the husband said yes, as well as petrol.
“He then said that they had to move straight away, in case the gas exploded but he [the man] was trying to get his wallet, his wife was going crazy.”
Le Saux made over 250 appearances for Chelsea over two spells at Stamford Bridge, and also played for Blackburn Rovers and Southampton before retiring from football in 2005.
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