Flat fire hero in line for national bravery award

A Norfolk man who saved a woman from a flat fire has been nominated for a special bravery award, which could earn him an invite to Number 10 to meet prime minister Gordon Brown.

A Norfolk man who saved a woman from a flat fire has been nominated for a special bravery award, which could earn him an invite to Number 10 to meet prime minister Gordon Brown.

Paul Morrison has been nominated for the award by King's Lynn Chief Supt Tony Cherington in recognition of his efforts when he pulled a woman from her blazing flat in the town.

Mr Morrison, 47, of Hillington Square, managed to rescue the woman from her smoke-logged and burning flat after it was spotted by his nephew Kyle, who was then 14.

Mr Morrison bravely entered the woman's flat, also in Hillington Square and despite the flames and the smoke pulled her to safety, before returning inside check there was not any children still inside.

At the time he was commended by the Royal Humane Society and now two years later he said he was surprised and shocked to find he had been nominated for the Vodafone Life Saver Awards.

He said: "I'm over the moon to have been nominated and I do feel very proud, I just want to thank the officers who nominated me, it was a real surprise.

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"It's just my nature to help people, and I wouldn't hesitate to do it. I just didn't think for my own safety, I was just worried there were children inside."

Mr Morrison is fighting leukaemia and was diagnosed four years ago with the terminal illness, but he has decided against having any medical treatment for it, and takes each day at a time.

Mr Morrison and his nephew Kyle, 16, from Liverpool, have both been nominated for the award, which is in recognition of Britain's unsung heroes.

If their entry is successful they could be nominated for the final, which, if they win they would be invited to a reception at Downing Street in November. The winners will be announced later this summer.

A woman whose husband was able to keep her alive for 15 minutes until paramedics arrived has thanked a call centre worker who talked him through vital life saving treatment.

Pat Heeds, 51, from Hunstanton yesterday met the ambulance staff who helped save her life after she stopped breathing because of a cardiac arrest at her home.

Paramedics said her husband, carpenter David, saved her life by keeping her alive until they got there thanks to a call taker and that minutes later she would have died.

Call taker Gina Wheeler and the East Anglian Ambulance Trust ambulance crew who came to her rescue visited her at home yesterday.

She thanked them all and said: "If my husband had not been here and called the paramedics I would not be here."

After the incident she was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn and then Papworth Hospital near Cambridge where she had a defibrillator the size of a match box fitted in case it happens again.

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