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Barnsley Man To Be Awarded By Police

Monday November 4 2013

A BARNSLEY man who risked his life and entered a burning house will be commended by the police for his bravery.

Stephen William Thacker, of Goldthorpe, noticed that a house on Jackson Street was on fire, the home was full of dense smoke and flames were visible from the outside on October 12.

The 23-year-old thought that people could have been inside the property and without any regard for his own safety entered the premises. He checked the house, cupboards and wardrobes to make sure adults and children were not hiding from the fire.

Once emergency services arrived, Stephen was able to provide information to the fire crew, which greatly assisted their efforts.

Andy Brooke, Barnsley's chief superintendent, will award Stephen with a Commander's Commendation in recognition of his courage and excellent public service on November 19.

Mr Brooke said: "Thankfully no people were in the premises at the time of the fire, yet Stephen was not aware of this and his actions were clearly courageous and without due regard for his own safety.

"I have no hesitation in awarding Stephen this award in recognition of his actions."

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Reply Posted by ... on Monday November 4 2013 at 12:07
well done to the brave young lad..u dont hear or see ov meny ppl doin tht..most ov them are out gettin waisted n makin fires..

Reply Posted by maz on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 09:10
well done love

Reply Posted by me on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 09:30
Brilliant.....so selfless x

Reply Posted by adrian on Tuesday November 19 2013 at 12:52
The word hero is too often used nowadays and for the slightest reason...this time it is well deserved and fitting..stephen you are a true hero..well done