West Yorkshire | Hero trio recognized by fire station commander

Cookridge | 24 April 2012

Cookridge station commander, Nigel Atkins, has hailed three local heroes who helped avoid a potential tragedy in Headingley last August.

Jill Taylor, who lives in Woodbridge Vale, Beckett Park, was walking her dog, Hogan, on 27 August when the pet suddenly stopped in its tracks and alerted its owner to smoke gushing from a partly closed window of a house in Woodbridge Garth.

Jill and a Woodbridge Garth neighbour, John Brayshaw, ran down the street to help but were beaten back by intense smoke and heat. Fortunately, they had awakened the householder who they were able to assist to safety through a rear window.

The brigade, having being contacted by another neighbour, was quickly on the scene and extinguished the fire.

The householder made a full recovery.

Station commander Atkins, who presented Letters of Appreciation to John, Jill and Hogan at the weekend, said their heroic intervention had helped avoid a possible tragedy.

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