De Vos, who is an employee at Raimondi’s Trading, a cash and carry wholesale business in the rural areas of the province, took a well-deserved break from work on Thursday after putting his life in danger to save Bennie Koch, 61, a logistics manager at Moreson Earthmovers, who was caught in the blast that followed the freak accident on Worcester’s High Street.
On Thursday Hennie Jordaan, the human resources manager at Moreson Earthmovers, paid a glowing tribute to the man he described only as “Mr Vos”, who dragged his colleague Koch from danger.
Jordaan said: “Bennie was very fortunate to have Mr Vos around. Bennie had managed to crawl from the wreckage of his car, but Vos dragged him away from there, put him in the back of a bakkie and drove him to hospital.”
On Wednesday, members of the trucking community posted on Twitter about Koch and said: “Please keep Bennie Koch in your prayers. He is in a critical condition and fighting for his life in hospital.