Your votes for Local Heroes who placed “the safety of others before their own”

HUMBERSIDE FIRE & RESCUE SERVICE is asking members of the public to vote for their local hero. The winner will be announced at the annual Humberside Fire and Rescue Service Community Awards ceremony on Thursday 27th September 2012.

The awards recognise members of the public, partner organisations, and staff for their contribution towards making our community safer and acts of courage. The highlight of the evening is the Local Hero Award which is voted for by members of the public.

This year there are three shortlisted candidates for the Local Hero Award, which is sponsored by DFDS Seaways. These nominees have all gone above and beyond what is expected and placed the safety of others before their own.

Gareth Cooke – Hull (VOTE Gareth)

Gareth’s athleticism and quick thinking saved a neighbour from his burning house. Mr Cooke had just returned home from the from an evening out when his dogs alerted him to the danger a few houses away. He heard a man shouting for help and decided to scale a six foot wall and jump between roofs to reach the man. In order to get the man out he needed to climb partly through the window to reach him despite the thick smoke. Mr Cooke then attempted to save two more people before the fire service stopped him for his own safety.

Paul Anderson –Hull (VOTE Paul)

Paul Anderson helped save the lives of a mother and daughter when he alerted them to a fire that had started in his downstairs flat. He had already escaped from the burning building when he realised the mother and daughter were still in the flat above. He re-entered the building and banged on the door of the upstairs flat until the mother answered at which point he covered the daughter with a jumper and ran downstairs with her through the flames to safety.

Graham Parkinson –Cleethorpes (VOTE Graham) – CANDIDATE WITHDRAWN

Graham Parkinson showed a feat of heroism when he dragged his neighbour from a smoked filled flat in the early hours of the morning. He noticed smoke coming from the neighbouring flat while watching television, he then banged on the door but there was no answer so he let himself in and searched through the smoke for his neighbour. Once found, Mr Parkinson dragged the man out of the flat to safety, potentially saving his life. NOTE: Due to personal reasons, Graham has withdrawn from the competition.

Katrina Horth, organiser of the Community Awards Evening for Humberside Fire and Rescue Service said: “Although each of the nominees deserves praise and recognition for their actions, there can only be one winner. We are asking members of the community to cast a vote for the person they think deserves to win the award on the evening. It’s a difficult task as they have all shown themselves to be true heroes, placing the safety of others before their own. “

Votes for the Local Hero Award can be cast with the message VOTE Gareth, VOTE Paul or VOTE Graham, by:

  1. calling or texting 07581 495960,
  2. emailing
  3. sending a letter to FREEPOST NEA 3610 Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, HULL, HU4 7BR.

Votes can be cast all though the month of August and CLOSE on Friday 31st August 2012.


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Ray Duffill (photo by Neil Holmes) is a former community development manager but now describes himself as a beat-blogger or citizen-journalist. Ray lives in Hedon and founded the Hedon Blog and is the Hedon correspondent for the Holderness Gazette.

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