Fire service’s praise for brave teen who helped them tackle blaze

West Yorkshire Fire Rescue Service's district commander Nigel Hotson presents a award to fourteen-year-old Oskar Porada at Sowerby Bridge High School.
West Yorkshire Fire Rescue Service's district commander Nigel Hotson presents a award to fourteen-year-old Oskar Porada at Sowerby Bridge High School.
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A brave teenager from Halifax who helped firefighters deal with a blaze near his home has been praised.

Oskar Porada was presented with a certificate for the courage he showed when a fire broke out in the garage next to his house at Dunkirk Gardens, off Warley Road in the early hours of May 31.

The 14-year-old, who is a student at Sowerby Bridge High School, took the phone from his polish-speaking mother after she called 999 to speak to West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s mobilising team.

Jemma Thacker, from the fire service, said his mother had become hysterical and was difficult for the mobilising worker to understand because of her anxiety and the language barrier.

Oskar was able to tell the worker his address and explain clearly where the flames were so the fire crews on their way knew exactly where to go when they arrived.

The teenager also ensured and confirmed to the fire service that all of the family were safely out of the building while also calming his mother down.

“He is a very brave young man and a credit to his family,” said Jemma.

“The fire service wanted to commend him for his courage with this certificate.”

Oskar was presented with his award by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service district commander Nigel Hotson during an assembly in front of the rest of his year group at his school.

His fellow students were also played a recording of the 999 call conversation so they could hear how calm Oskar remained.

“Most of his year were a bit taken back what he had done,” said Jemma.