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Forest Lake grandma latest TV star

Stenia James.
Stenia James. Contributed by RACQ

IT'S not every day a celebrity comes out of Forest Lake.

But it's not every day that someone like Stenia James comes along.

The energetic 67-year old grandmother is one of the stars of the latest RACQ TV campaign.

"I can't believe it all happened, to tell you the truth," Mrs James said with a chuckle.

"My family and friends think it's terrific."

But Mrs James hardly considers herself famous, despite her image being beamed to households around Queensland from this weekend.

"It's not about my 15-seconds of fame," she said.

"I got involved to show my gratitude for how much RACQ helped me that day."

The unscripted advertisement, which aired for the first time last night, recounts the details of the day Mrs James accidently locked her newborn granddaughter, Scarlett, in her car.

"I just leapt out of the car, slammed the door and I thought, 'Oh God, I've locked the baby in the car, along with my mobile'," she said.

"It was a terrible feeling. After I realised what had happened I started getting very anxious. Fortunately, the RACQ staff on the phone kept me calm while the roadside assistance arrived. They really put my mind at ease."

It was during the filming of the ad that Mrs James got another big shock.

The advertisement shows her thanking roadside patrol, Craig Mann, for rescuing her granddaughter when out of-the-blue the RACQ CareFlight chopper arrives.

"I had absolutely no idea what was going on. I was very confused and there was a lot of noise as the chopper landed," Mrs James said.

"I turned around and those two gorgeous people came out of the chopper, walking towards me."

Those 'gorgeous people' were Lockyer Valley couple Kristie and Andy Wieland, who were rescued by the CareFlight crew when their home was cut off by flood waters last year and Mrs Wieland delivered her baby Callum prematurely.

"The Wielands turned up to thank me for being an RACQ member and how my membership helped them out," Mrs James said.

"I nearly cried when the Wielands sat down and told me their story, especially about baby Callum. I was very emotional. I thought to myself, 'how wonderful to be part of this'."

Mrs James said she's still pinching herself that something so positive could come out of a chance event.

"It's going to be a great story to tell my granddaughter Scarlett when she's older. This'll be something for her to remember.

"It's certainly something I'll never forget."

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