Award for hero who saved woman

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

A HEROIC win­dow cleaner who saved an el­derly woman from a fire has been given an award for his brav­ery.

Gareth Salmon, 39, from Marl­bor­ough Av­enue in Ruis­lip, was clean­ing win­dows of flats in Chiswick when he spot­ted smoke com­ing from one of the ap­part­ments and was told an el­derly woman was stuck in­side.

Fa­ther-of-two Gareth said: “I kicked the front door down and got through all the smoke.

“I had to crawl along the floor for so far, but I wasn’t able to breathe and I couldn’t reach her.”

An ex­plo­sion blew Gareth out of the door, but un­de­tered he reen­tered the prop­erty and saved the woman who was ly­ing in the hall­way.

“She was burnt but I man­aged to pick her up and get my­self out through the kitchen and on to the bal­cony and get her out and about a minute af­ter that it ex­ploded, so there was a big fire­ball out the win­dow,” said Gareth.

This month Gareth was re­warded for the dra­matic res­cue, which took place on New Years Eve of 2013/14, and ended with the el­derly lady be­ing air­lifted to hospi­tal.

He scooped the Adult Hero tro­phy at the Spirit of Fire Awards 2015, which took place at the Park Plaza West­min­ster Bridge Ho­tel on Oc­to­ber 2.

The an­nual awards cer­e­mony hon­ours fire­fight­ers and mem­bers of the pub­lic for their acts of as­ton­ish­ing courage.

Gareth said: “You go there and the room is full of fire­fight­ers who do it full time for a liv­ing, and you think re­ally, they should be get­ting all the hon­our.”

n PRE­SEN­TA­TION: Gareth Salmon re­ceives his award from David Domoney, from ITV’s Love your Gar­den, and Chief Fire and Res­cue Ad­vi­sor Pe­ter Hol­land

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