Blaze rescue hero up for national gong

BRAVE: James Draper and firefighter Dominic Furby collect their awards after pulling a man free from a burning car at Chain Bar.

BRAVE: James Draper and firefighter Dominic Furby collect their awards after pulling a man free from a burning car at Chain Bar.

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A FIREFIGHTER who rescued a man from a burning car has been nominated for a national award.

Station manager for Calderdale and district Dom Furby was off duty and out with his family when he saw the car on fire with a man unconscious inside at Chain Bar roundabout in Cleckheaton.

He received a commendation from West Yorkshire fire bosses for his actions and has now been shortlisted from firefighters across the country for a Spirit of Fire award.

Station Manager Furby is one of four nominees in the Firefighter of the Year category of the awards, run by The Firefighters Charity, and has been invited to London for ceremony on November 4.

“It’s a really nice surprise,” he said. “It’s nice to have been thought of.”

As reported by the Courier, Station Manager Furby and a passer-by, James Draper from Bradford, managed to pull the man free from the car minutes before it was engulfed by flames.

“We were driving towards Halifax when I saw a car had hit one of the bridges and was on fire.

“I pulled up and had a look at the car and someone said there was someone still inside,” he added.

“He was lying unconscious across the front seats. His foot was stuck under the pedal and the windscreen was getting blacker and blacker but fortunately somebody else helped me and we got him out just as the fire was taking hold.”