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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Man who led elderly neighbour to safety will be commended

23/07/2015

Crew Manager Jim Leighton with Geoffrey Ariss and Group Manager Tim Hyde
Crew Manager Jim Leighton with Geoffrey Ariss and Group Manager Tim Hyde

A man whose swift action potentially saved the life of his elderly neighbour will receive a commendation on Friday, July 24.

"Mr Ariss did exactly what we have been asking people to do by keeping an eye out for neighbours who are elderly. With an increasingly ageing population, it is vital that we all play our part in helping to keep the most vulnerable members of our community safe."

Tim Hyde - Group Manager for the east

Geoffrey Ariss was alerted to the blaze on Salisbury Avenue in Burton when he heard the occupant’s smoke alarms activating.

Mr Ariss saw his neighbour struggling to vacate her house so he rushed over to help her escape.

The fire had started in the kitchen but was already out when two crews, one from Burton and one from Tutbury, arrived on the evening of May 5 2015.

Group Manager for the east Tim Hyde will present the commendation to Mr Ariss at 11am in Burton Community Fire Station.

Mr Hyde said: "The elderly lady involved in this incident had a very lucky escape. If Mr Ariss had not heard the smoke detector and acted swiftly to assist her when she was trying to leave the house, the consequences could have been far more serious.

"Mr Ariss did exactly what we have been asking people to do by keeping an eye out for neighbours who are elderly. With an increasingly ageing population, it is vital that we all play our part in helping to keep the most vulnerable members of our community safe."