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Member of the public recognised for his bravery during house fire

October 26 2018

A man from Burslem has been commended for his actions which helped save a neighbour from a house fire.

John put himself at risk by going into the property. Despite the thick smoke, he was not deterred and found the woman near to the front entrance/hall door. He not only brought her out but he tried to go back in a second time. While this is something we would not encourage people to do, on this occasion it’s clear that without his actions the woman would have suffered far worse smoke inhalation and would have most certainly died.

Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant

On December 31 2017, John Pigott was sitting watching television when he became aware of a dog barking outside. When he opened his front door to check what was happening, a passer-by told him that there may be a fire in a neighbour’s house.  John checked the house quickly before going back to his home to put on his shoes and coat.

When John went back to the burning house and stepped into the hallway he had difficulty seeing as the smoke was dark and thick. He became aware that there was something on the floor in the doorway of the lounge to hallway. John knelt down and found a woman lying on the floor. He grabbed her and pulled her from the property onto the pavement. He then went back into the hallway to see if anyone else was in the property but was pushed back by the flames.

When describing his actions on the night John said: “I have been a first aider all my life and I spent 10 years in the TA in the Royal Army Medical Corps. I’ve always wanted to help people and on the night, my training just kicked in. You don’t think about it, you just do it because it’s what you’re trained to do.”

Presenting him with his certificate of commendation at a ceremony at Sandyford Fire Station, Chief Fire officer, Becci Bryant said: “John put himself at risk by going into the property. Despite the thick smoke, he was not deterred and found the woman near to the front entrance/hall door. He not only brought her out but he tried to go back in a second time. While this is something we would not encourage people to do, on this occasion it’s clear that without his actions the woman would have suffered far worse smoke inhalation and would have most certainly died.

“His actions went above and beyond what would be expected of a good neighbour. Thanks to his bravery his neighbour was brought out alive. I’m pleased to be able to present him with a certificate of commendation.”

John also received a Commendation from the North Staffordshire Association of The Royal Army Medical Corps for the bravery he displayed on this night.