One apprentice bricklayer has recently been rewarded with a bravery award for his life-saving efforts to save a neighbour from a burning building.

Apprentice Dominic Woodhead was the first person to enter the burning building in Kippax in June 2015. Using a fire extinguisher, he attempted to battle the flames and save the trapped neighbour.

However, the seventeen-year-old was held back by the flames and was unable to get upstairs. With the intense fire continuing to burn, and a cloud of choking smoke also forming, the apprentice sprung into action and grabbed some ladders. Using these, he was able to reach the victim and pull the trapped individual to safety.

This was just in time too as the fire caused an explosion within the house. For his brave actions, Dominic has now been awarded a commendation from the Royal Humane Society, West Yorkshire Police and also the Fire and Rescue services. This commendation was for his “commitment and bravery in the face of a life-threatening situation.”

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Dominic stated: “at the time of the fire, I didn’t think twice and just wanted to help get the people away from it and into a safe place.”

“I’m just a normal brickie from Pontefract and it didn’t even cross my mind that I would receive this kind of recognition  for something that came naturally.”

“I’m glad I could help and that the family has now recovered from the incident.”

So what do you think of this? Do you know anyone else who has done a courageous act? Let us know in the comments below.


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