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Man Honoured for Flat Fire Rescues

Darren Shenton receives his commendation with his family

A man who rescued three people from a flat fire in August last year has today received a Fire Service Commendation for his actions.

"The most important thing for me is knowing that the family I managed to evacuate were all ok and are still together as a family."

Darren Shenton

On August 14th last year, Darren Shenton, aged 39 from Fenton saw smoke coming from a property as he drove along Duke Street in Heron Cross after picking up his partner from work.

He pulled up, broke down the door and entered the smoke logged flat where he found three adults asleep. He woke them up and the four of them evacuated the building, just prior to crews from Longton and Hanley arriving.

Following the presentation at Longton Fire Station today, where Darren received his framed commendation, he said: "I am very grateful to receive this commendation however the most important thing for me is knowing that the family I managed to evacuate were all ok and are still together as a family.

"I don’t wish to be declared a hero as in my opinion it was human instinct – there were other people in danger and I had the opportunity to save them so I took that opportunity. My family are very proud of me and they really enjoyed meeting the Fire Officers and seeing the Fire Station."

Station Manager, Phil Smith who was the officer in charge of the incident last year said: "Darren should be extremely proud of his actions that day and although we would not encourage others to do what he did, he did save the lives of three people that night.

"The commendation is our way of formally praising Darren for his bravery and though he is a humble man by nature, today is about recognising him and his heroic actions."