FIREMAN Sam fan Oliver had a face-to-face encounter with Chester Fire’s Green Watch this week after a family game of hide and seek went wrong.
Two-year-old Oliver Liddiard thought he had the perfect hiding place by locking himself in his parents’ bedroom on Tuesday – until he realised he couldn’t unlock the door.
His mum Lucy, of Newry Park, said: “We never use the lock on the bedroom door so I didn’t think of it as a potential issue. I realised quite quickly that he wasn’t able to open the door and I knew it would be hard to force it open so I called 999.”
Within 20 minutes, firefighters used a ‘rabbit’ device to pop open the door without putting Oliver in any danger.
Lucy said: “He was crying and was quite upset but as soon as he saw the firemen the tears dried up. He loves Fireman Sam and has lots of fire engine toys and books.
“That day he was even wearing a T-shirt with a fire engine on it. We took him out to see the fire engine and they gave him a teddy bear dressed as a fireman which he has called Fireman Sam Bear.”
Oliver’s five-week-old sister, Phoebe, slept through the whole drama but former Dee 106.3 news editor Lucy, 29, found the experience embarrassing.
She said: “I used to talk to the fire fighters all the time. It was a bit embarrassing to meet them in that situation.”
Firefighter Andy Spencer said: “The little lad was a bit traumatised so we gave him one of our ‘trauma teds’ which we carry round in the fire engine and he soon cheered up.”