Nonsense. The cannisters were propane gas similar to the one that I regularly carry in my car. The man was only doing his job and the fuses were removed. Many BOC drivers carry up to 100 propane gas cannisters and I'm sure they are not 'heroes'. The word 'hero' is much over-used and even if you get captured by the Iraqis, get called Mr bean and have your Ipod taken away, you are still a hero.
I notice in the morning rags that he claims he was 'traumatised'...surely not a claim winging it's way to his employers. /eyes raise