A veteran who made headlines when he drove strangers 200 miles so they could say goodbye to their dying mum has brought a swan back from the brink.
Last month Dean Moore caught the world’s attention when he picked up Ron and Sharleen Gillies when their car broke down and drove them to see Sharleen’s terminally ill mother.
Now the 40-year-old dad is up to heroics again.
Dean used his fleece, thumb and resilience to rescue the injured bird which lay in Middlesbrough’s Albert Park.
It appeared the swan had been attacked by a dog.
“We saw the swan in the middle of the field,” the North Ormesby resident told Teesside Live .
“It wasn’t moving. There were feathers everywhere.
“It had been attacked. There were bits of blood and that. We walked towards it and it was lifeless.
“It was responding. It was blinking slowly. I felt it and it was really cold.”
The former Queen’s Guardman was not about to give up hope however.
Dean continued: “I spent 90 minutes giving it a massage, warming it up.
“I stopped the bleeding with my thumb, put pressure on, and covered it up with a fleece.
“It was getting warmer. Eventually it took some water off us. Then it got lively.”
The dad handed the swan over to the RSPB who continued nurturing the bird.
It seems likely that is will be back in the water as soon as Monday.
Dean’s first headline worthy act of kindness of the year started near Stockton in County Durham.
Having crashed their car, Ron and Sharleen were unsure how they would get to their ill relative in time.
Dean had never met the couple before but offered to drive them to Cambridge.
They made it just before Sharleen’s mum passed away.