Goldthorpe man to receive commendation

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. Picture: Marie Caley D0949MC
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. Picture: Marie Caley D0949MC
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A Goldthorpe man is to receive special recognition for his bravery in a recent house fire.

Chief Supt Andy Brooke will award Stephen William Thacker a Commander’s Commendation in recognition of his courage and excellent public service.

Just after midnight on October 12, Mr Thacker, aged 23, from noticed that a house on Jackson Street, Goldthorpe, was on fire, the home was full of dense smoke and flames were visible from the outside.

Stephen thought that people could have been inside the property and without any regard for his own safety, entered the premises, to check the house, cupboards and wardrobes to make sure adults and children were not hiding from the fire.

When emergency services arrived, he was able to provide information to the fire crew, which greatly assisted their efforts.

Chief Supt Brooke said: “Thankfully no people were in the premises at the time of the fire, yet Stephen was not aware of this and his actions were clearly courageous and without due regard for his own safety. I have no hesitation in awarding Stephen this Commander’s Commendation in recognition of his actions.”