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Firefighter saves friend from blaze

PUBLISHED: 16:05 26 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:00 23 August 2010

AN OFF-DUTY firefighter who saved a friend as she slept whilst her house was on fire is due to be honoured at a special awards ceremony next month. Heather McIntyre, of Cornwall Road in Temple Hill, Dartford, is among a few Kent Fire and Rescue Service (

AN OFF-DUTY firefighter who saved a friend as she slept whilst her house was on fire is due to be honoured at a special awards ceremony next month.

Heather McIntyre, of Cornwall Road in Temple Hill, Dartford, is among a few Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) staff to be honoured in Maidstone next Tuesday.

She made the daring rescue after making a surprise visit after work to her friend in Beresford Road, Northfleet, on October 26 last year and discovering the blaze.

A spokesperson said: "As she pulled up to her friend's house, Heather saw flames and smoke in the living room. She immediately dialled 999 and rushed to her friend's aid.

"Heather frantically banged on the door until she got an answer from her friend who had been asleep. The friend was clearly affected by inhaling smoke fumes and was distressed by the events unfolding in her home.

"Heather calmed and reassured her friend until fire crews arrived. The woman was later given oxygen therapy and taken to hospital as a precaution.

"Without Heathers actions, the consequences of this incident could have been far worse and to thank her she will receive a certificate of congratulation."

Residents are being honoured alongside firemen and women for outstanding behaviour in the face of danger. Chief fire officer Charlie Hendry and the High Sheriff of Kent, Jane Rogers, are expected to present the certificates.

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