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Gravesend firefighter Julie Taylor recognised for saving man trapped in burning flat
A FIREFIGHTER who rescued a man trapped in his second floor Gravesend flat while the only escape route burned, has won an award.
Julie Taylor scaled a ladder and helped the man to safety after the stairwell in his Harmer Street terraced building caught fire at around 12.30am on April 21.
The Thames-side firefighter, 37, had to save the clearly agitated flat-dweller in his 40s whose distress was heightened by the fact he couldn’t speak English.
The red watch crew member, who was on white watch at the time, even went in without breathing apparatus to guide the man to the ground by helping him through the window of his front room.
She told News Shopper the rescue was certainly "out of the ordinary" as the man’s appearance at the window gave her no time to alert colleagues to the situation.
Crews with breathing equipment had already entered the building but could not be reached to be told the man would have to be brought out using the ladder.
Ms Taylor said: "He was a foreign gentleman who couldn’t speak English so obviously he was very distressed because of the smoke in the building and the fact he couldn’t communicate that well.
"I wasn’t really supposed to go in without breathing apparatus but there wasn’t time.
"I was just trying to calm him down really and the window kept shutting so he needed help.
"I didn’t really think about it to be honest I just wanted to help him get out because he was so distressed and I just wanted to help him as soon as possible."
The man she saved was taken to hospital along with two other residents of the building suffering from smoke inhalation as the blaze took around two hours to be brought fully under control.
The full-time firefighter received a certificate of commendation at the Kent Fire and Rescue Service annual awards ceremony at Oakwood House in Maidstone on September 23.
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