Quick-thinking Leeds rescuer gets a fire service commendation

Clinical assistant  Rosemary Othick receives commendation from Assistant District Commander Tony Head. Back row, left to right, Firefighter Mark Burton, Firefighter Chris Ockerby, Firefighter Martin Barraclough and Watch Commander Alan Holdsworth (all from Stanningley Fire Station.)
Clinical assistant Rosemary Othick receives commendation from Assistant District Commander Tony Head. Back row, left to right, Firefighter Mark Burton, Firefighter Chris Ockerby, Firefighter Martin Barraclough and Watch Commander Alan Holdsworth (all from Stanningley Fire Station.)
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AN NHS worker has been hailed as a hero after rescuing an elderly woman from a house fire in Leeds.

Rosemary Othick was making a care visit to the woman’s house in Swinnow Crescent, Stanningley, when she arrived to find its front door ajar and the smell of smoke in the air. She hurried inside and discovered the occupant collapsed on the floor of the lounge, with smoke coming from the kitchen.

Rosemary quickly shut the kitchen door and dragged the woman to safety before raising the alarm with the fire service. The elderly woman made a brief trip to hospital following the cooker fire, which happened on October 3.

Now Rosemary has been awarded a commendation by the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Stanningley Fire Station’s Alan Holdsworth said: “She did a fantastic job, taking a calculated risk to rescue the occupant, undoubtedly saving her life.”

Rosemary works as an intermediate care clinical assistant for the Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust.

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