Apart from easing the work pressure of traffic policemen, volunteers roped in by the police department are turning out to be life savers.
Jeet Singh, a traffic volunteer who otherwise works as an assistant manager with SRT Innovision Services Limited, helped three people stuck inside a burning Skoda car on Saturday night.
The volunteers were checking drivers for drunken driving when traffic officials accompanying them got a call about a car catching fire near Rajiv Chowk around 3 am.
"We got to know that a Skoda car had caught fire near Rajiv Chowk. Assistant sub-inspector Rajesh Kumar, driver Sandeep Kumar and I rushed to the site and found the car up in flames. We immediately evacuated the passengers along with their valuables," said Jeet Singh.
Jeet had earlier caught two men trying to smuggle out liquor and an accused in a hit-and-run case.
"A call was made to the fire department and two fire brigades were pressed into service to control the blaze," Singh added.
The three passengers were identified as Brij Mohan (68), wife Nirmala Devi (63) and son Vishal (25).
"The car bearing registration number DL 9C G 6300 was completely gutted but the occupants escaped unhurt," said a senior police officer. The family was coming from Alwar and going towards Delhi when the incident took place.
"The family said that while driving, they saw smoke coming out of the car and stopped," the officer added.
Posted as road safety officers under the Gurgaon police's traffic volunteer scheme, several executives of multi-national companies are proving to be more than just a helping hand.
"They are doing a commendable job and their names will be processed for reward," DCP (traffic) Bharti Arora said.