Fire service honour trio who saved OAP

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THREE quick-thinking South Yorkshire men who rescued an elderly woman trapped in her blazing home have been honoured by the county’s fire service.

The trio rushed to the aid of 84-year-old Barbara Hughes after a chip pan blaze engulfed her kitchen on Norstead Crescent, Bramley, last May.

Doug Hughes, a British Gas employee, was working at a nearby property and ran to the OAP’s bungalow after spotting flames.

He forced his way inside to rescue Mrs Hughes, who was trapped by flames and smoke.

His colleague Matt Goodison and a neighbour, George Edwards, helped Doug extinguish the fire after Mrs Hughes was led outside to safety.

The trio were recognised for their efforts during a ceremony with Doug awarded a Chief Fire Officer’s Commendation - the highest accolade given by fire chiefs in recognition of heroic actions.

Matt, 30, and George, 62, were given Certificates of Appreciation - the second highest level of recognition.

Doug, aged 53, from Swinton, said: “I couldn’t believe the intensity of the blaze and when I spotted the lady inside the house I knew I had to get in there quickly. She was obviously extremely frightened but thankfully with the help of Matt and George I was able to get her out safely.”

Matt, a technical service engineer for British Gas, said: “It was very much a joint effort.”

Assistant chief fire officer, Mark Shaw, said: “Our normal advice to people in the event of a fire is to get out, stay out and call 999.

“However, we recognise that in exceptional circumstances such as this one, public acts of bravery are appropriate and should be recognised as such.”