Brave Ben gets award for courage

By Rob George Thursday 04 October 2012 Updated: 09/10 16:17

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Ben Robertson (centre) receives his award from Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates (left) and Coun Derek Prodger, chairman of the Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Authority. (s)

A BRAVE Droitwich resident was honoured with a top Fire Service award for his courage in rescuing a man from a blaze at his home.

Ben Robertson bravely entered the property in the St Peter’s area of Droitwich in March after a man out jogging saw a kitchen full of smoke and heard the house’s smoke alarm.

The jogger, who does not wish to be named, then banged on the front door and kitchen window in a desperate bid to attract the occupant’s attention.

Hearing the noise, Ben joined the jogger and together the pair decided to enter the house by breaking in through the front door.

The rescuers made their way into the kitchen where they found some newspapers on fire. Ben and the jogger put the fire out and embarked on a hunt to find the homeowner.

They found the man upstairs and led him outside just as the fire crews arrived to tackle the incident.

Both Ben and the jogger were awarded the Chief Fire Officer’s Letter of Congratulations for their bravery and quick-thinking during the incident.

Their honours were presented during the Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) Medals and Awards Ceremony last Friday (September 28) at the Guildhall in Worcester.

Long Service and Good Conduct medals for 20 years service were handed out to a number of firefighters including Watch Commander Shaun D’Oliveira who is based at the training centre in Droitwich.

An award for 30 years service was given to firefighter Steven Molloy from the USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) team which is based in Droitwich.

Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates paid tribute to all of those such as Ben who received certificates and letters of commendation.

“Each of these recipients displayed exceptional courage in some very challenging circumstances and they deserve to be

formally recognised for their bravery,” he said.

“I am proud to lead a service with such dedicated fire crews and support staff and I’d like to pass on my congratulations to all those who received awards and long service medals.

“I would also like to thank their families, whose support and understanding makes such a difference, but so often goes unnoticed,” he added.

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