Cop res­cues cou­ple from blaze

The Observer - - NEWS NATION -

AN OFF duty Syd­ney cop who res­cued a cou­ple from their burn­ing Sy­den­ham home pounded fu­ri­ously on their front door be­fore pulling them out. Res­cue and Bomb Squad com­man­der Brenton Charl­ton was driv­ing about 5.45am yes­ter­day when he saw a home alight. He kicked in the front door and re­moved a man and woman, in their late 70s or early 80s, helped by two passers-by. The cou­ple was treated for smoke in­hala­tion. Su­per­in­ten­dent Gavin Wood said: “We are for­tu­nate to have po­lice who see trou­ble, re­spond and – with­out a thought for them­selves – save lives. I will be re­view­ing this in­ci­dent with a view to­wards ap­pro­pri­ate recog­ni­tion of his ac­tions.”

PHOTO: CHRISTO­PHER HAR­RIS

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