GARETH COOKE was presented with the Local Hero Award last night (Thursday 27th September 2012) at the Humberside Fire & Rescue Service annual Community Awards.
Gareth from Gipsyville, Hull saved a neighbour from his burning house with his quick-thinking and athleticism. Gareth heard a man shouting for help after being alerted by his pet Jack Russell dogs, and scaled a six foot wall and jumped between roofs to reach him. He then attempted to save two more people before the fire service stopped him for his own safety.
The Local Hero Award is voted on by members of the public. The presentation to Gareth was the highlight of glittering awards ceremony held at the Country Park Inn, Hessle. The Community Award celebrates members of staff; partner organisations; and the public for their contributions to the community and acts of courage.
The award for the Young Person of the Year was won by 15-year-old Amy Sellers from Bridlington. Amy made a 999 call and remained calm which may have saved her and her gran’s lives. Following the instructions of the control operator Amy helped her 85-year-old gran out of a window before following her to safety.