Off-duty firefighter’s blazing car rescue

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A FIREFIGHTER who rescued a man from a burning car has been honoured for his bravery.

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 and passer-by James Draper, from Bradford, managed to pull the man free minutes before it was engulfed by flames.

Station manager Furby has been awarded a Chief Fire Officer’s Commendation for his life-saving actions in May last year.

He said: “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 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 under the foot well.”

Station manager Furby was one of a group of emergency services staff and members of the public honoured at a ceremony at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s headquarters in Birkenshaw.

He said the commendation was “totally unexpected”.

West Yorkshire Chief Fire Officer Simon Pilling, who presented the awards, said: “I am incredibly proud to recognise these people for their bravery. Their actions undoubtedly saved the lives of others.”