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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Stone Student Firefighter Receives Award

10/10/2011

Harry & his family with CFO Peter Dartford
Harry & his family with CFO Peter Dartford

A Stone student firefighter had received a special award for his role during a fire.

"I became a student firefighter because I was interested in being a firefighter when I’m older, now I know that’s definitely what I want to be."

12 year old Harry Alcock

12 year old Harry Alcock was presented a certificate of bravery and a £20 book voucher following his brave actions when a fire broke out on his street in Uttoxeter. The presentation, by Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer, Peter Dartford, was a surprise to Harry and his fellow student firefighters who were all attending their weekly session on Friday evening.

Harry was helping his mum look after his younger sister and some of her friends when he saw smoke coming over his garden fence. He immediately told his mum to call 999 and told her what to say to fire control operators whilst he went back into his house to get the children out.

He quickly lead five children aged between three and 10 years old to safety, not even allowing them time to put on their shoes, and then began knocking on neighbour’s doors to get them out of their houses.

The fire spread to his neighbour’s house as well as his own house however Harry kept a cool head and looked after the children, reassuring them and comforting them.

On receiving the award Harry said: "I wasn’t expecting this at all. I saw my family appear and thought that was a bit odd so wondered what was going on and then Mr Dartford told us all why he was there.

"I just acted on instinct and used my training when the fire broke out. My first thought was ‘what is it?’ and then ‘where are my family?’ I became a student firefighter because I was interested in being a firefighter when I’m older, now I know that’s definitely what I want to be."

Harry’s mum, 41-year-old Kathryn Alcock said: "We are immensely proud of Harry, his actions were well above his years and he potentially saved numerous lives that day.

"I’d always thought of the student firefighters as Harry’s secret world but on the day of the fire I saw first-hand what Harry is capable of and what he has learnt."

Harry had his photograph taken with Chief Fire Officer, Peter Dartford and he and the rest of the student firefighters performed a practice drill.