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Blaze rescuers are honoured for their bravery

Firefighters Kenneth Jollens (left) and Tony Whitehouse (right) are presented with their bravery awards.

Firefighters Kenneth Jollens (left) and Tony Whitehouse (right) are presented with their bravery awards.

Two men who carried out heroic rescues from fires have been honoured for their bravery at a prestigious awards ceremony.

Bentley man Kenneth Jollens and Tony Whitehouse, 33, from Dinnington were joint winners of the Public Act of Bravery Award sponsored by Fire Angel, and were also awarded Chief Fire Officer’s Commendations, the highest level of recognition given by the fire service at the South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue (SYFR) annual awards.

Kenneth pulled a man to safety from a fire at his home on Rosedale Road, Bentley in August.

Speaking about his actions, Kenneth, who suffered burns to his hands as a result of the rescue, said: “I suppose if I had thought too much about my actions I may not have gone in there. I just acted on instinct. But it is fantastic to be recognised.”

SYFR’s Chief Fire Officer Jamie Courtney said: “Such potentially dangerous rescues are usually dealt with by professional fire crews, but had it not been for Tony and Kenneth’s swift and decisive actions in the very early stages of these fires, the incidents could have been a great deal more serious.”

 

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