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Public commended for bravery after bungalow fire rescue

30/11/17

Group Manager Brian Moss, Kris Hanks & Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant
Group Manager Brian Moss, Kris Hanks & Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has recognised members of the public for their bravery at a serious incident.

“Louise and Stephen both showed incredible compassion and kindness, going to Kris’ aid to help get the man away from the burning bungalow and caring for him until paramedics arrived. The trio are awarded commendations for their incredible bravery and selfless actions on that morning in May.”

Brian Moss, Northern Service Delivery Group Manager

Kris Hanks from Newstead, Stoke-on-Trent, and Louise Durose from Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent, were both awarded their commendations during a ceremony at Hanley Community Fire Station last night, November 29. Stephen Smith from Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent, also received a commendation but was unable to attend the event.

On the morning of Saturday May 13 a fire started in a bungalow in Blurton Road, Stoke-on-Trent. It was reported there was someone inside and fire appliances responded from Hanley and Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Kris, Louise and Stephen were passing when they noticed the smoke and went to help.

Kris entered the home while it was on fire and rescued the 87-year-old man who lived there. With the help of Louise and Stephen, the trio dragged the man away from the bungalow to safety. They continued to care for him while waiting for emergency services to arrive, before helping him onto an ambulance. The man suffered smoke inhalation and burns to his head, neck and hands.

Group Manager Brian Moss, Louise Durose & Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant

Brian Moss, Northern Service Delivery Group Manager, said: “This incident could have so easily resulted in the man’s death but thanks to the quick thinking actions of these strangers his life was saved.

“Kris put himself at significant risk to rescue the man from inside the bungalow and without his actions the man would have suffered far worse smoke inhalation and would have most certainly died. Fortunately, his injuries were only minor and he was cleared to go home after only a few days in hospital.

“Louise and Stephen both showed incredible compassion and kindness, going to Kris’ aid to help get the man away from the burning bungalow and caring for him until paramedics arrived.

“The trio are awarded commendations for their incredible bravery and selfless actions on that morning in May.”